Bolt d’Oro Promoted to Victory in the San Felipe

Ruis Racing’s BOLT D’ORO (c, 3, Medaglia d’Oro–Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy) was awarded Saturday’s GII San Felipe S. after a lengthy inquiry by the stewards determined that ‘TDN Rising Star’ McKinzie (Street Sense), narrowly first past the post, caused enough interference in the dying strides to affect the outcome of the race. Allowed to box seat the race after leaving from the one hole, the $630,000 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga graduate bided his time just behind the leaders before popping away from the fence to go on the attack three wide nearing the lane. Fractionally in front off the home corner, he dueled grimly outside of McKinzie after the two exchanged bumps in upper stretch and fought on bravely to the line, but just missed. Head-on replays showed that the even-money favorite came out slightly on Bolt d’Oro in the final 40 yards and, in the eyes of the stewards, was enough to reverse placings. Winner of last year’s GI Del Mar Futurity and GI FrontRunner S., Bolt d’Oro endured a horrific trip as the 7-10 chalk in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and it can be argued that he did well to be third while covering significantly more ground than the victorious Good Magic (Curlin). Bolt d’Oro was to have his seasonal debut in the GII San Vicente S., won impressively by Kanthaka (Jimmy Creed), but had that return delayed by a muscle pull. Lifetime Record: 5-4-0-1. O-Ruis Racing. B-WinStar Farm LLC (KY). T-Mick Ruis.