Bolt d'Oro, McKinzie Work Back to Back
Bolt d’Oro and McKinzie each worked a half mile Monday morning at Santa Anita in preparation for the April 7 Santa Anita Derby.
With regular exercise rider Agapito Delgadillo up, Bolt d’Oro, a Kentucky-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro, came on Santa Anita’s fast main track at approximately 7:45 a.m. while accompanied by a stable pony. With stablemate Midnight Harbor jogging off comfortably in front of him, 'Bolt' moved well off the rail.
As the pair rounded the first turn and began down the backstretch, both horses were set free from their ponies and set down for business at the 4 1/2 furlong pole, with Bolt d’Oro about two lengths off his target. Bolt d’Oro drew even with his workmate at the quarter pole, and he opened up three lengths straightening for home and appeared to prevail by about five lengths at the wire. He was given an official time of 47.00.
“I was happy before the work, and I’m happy now,” said owner/trainer Mick Ruis. “He’s doing so well. I told Agapito to let him gallop out strong to get some air in him.”
It was the first recorded breeze for Bolt d'Oro since winning the March 10 San Felipe Stakes over McKinzie via disqualification.
Private clocker Andy Harrington had Bolt d’Oro in 23 flat for the first quarter-mile.
“Bolt looked terrific,” said Harrington. “I had him breaking off two lengths behind the other horse, and he looked good. He’s resilient, for sure. I had him galloping out five eighths in 59 and four.”
Bob Baffert’s McKinzie was on the track at the same time and worked shortly after Bolt d’ Oro.
“Martin Garcia was on McKinzie,” said Harrington. “He worked in company with his regular workmate, Downtowner, and got five eighths in 59 and two. I had him getting his half in 48 flat. Baffert likes ‘em to run out strong around the Clubhouse turn, and he did. He looked solid.”
Today's move was McKinzie’s second work since the San Felipe. he drilled a half mile in 47.80 on March 20.
With the Kentucky Derby looming on May 5, Bolt d’Oro is currently second nationally with 64 Derby qualifying points, and McKinzie is 10th, with 40 points.
Edited Santa Anita release
Zoe Metz photography