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Report: Bolt d'Oro to Need New Rider


Castellano to Audible

By Dick Downey

Following his second-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby, Bolt d'Oro finds himself needing a new jockey for the Kentucky Derby.

According to a tweet posted today by Steve Haskin, Javier Castellano, who's ridden 'Bolt' in both his starts this year, has committed to ride Florida Derby winner Audible for trainer Todd Pletcher. John Velazquez rode Audible in his first two starts, then Castellano was aboard in an allowance race last December and his Holy Bull Stakes victory in February.  On Florida Derby day, Castellano was involved in the Dubai World Cup card, and Velazquez rode Audible.

According to Haskin, his source is Castellano's agent, Mike Lakow.

The same tweet says that Velazquez will be on Vino Rosso for Pletcher in the Kentucky Derby. Velazquez rode him in yesterday's Wood Memorial as well as all his other career starts.

Assuming these reports are accurate, Noble Indy will need a new rider in the Kentucky Derby. Velazquez has been his regular rider and guided him to victory in the Louisiana Derby.  Pletcher trains Noble Indy as well.

Pletcher also has Magnum Moon pointing to the Kentucky Derby, and he's set to run this Saturday in the Arkansas Derby. Luis Saez is his regular rider.

Meanwhile, Jay Privman reported today at Daily Racing Form that Mick Ruis, owner-trainer of Bolt d'Oro, will announce a Kentucky Derby rider on Friday. Ruis had Victor Espinoza work 'Bolt' a couple of times in recent weeks and had him in mind as a backup in case Castellano defected. It's not clear what Ruis's or Espinoza's next moves will be. The veteran rider won the Kentucky Derby on both California Chrome and American Pharoah.


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