Bolt d’Oro took command at the top of the stretch and was never threatened as he rolled to a seven-length victory in the G1 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.
It was the second straight G1 win for the juvenile son of Medaglia d’Oro, who remains undefeated in three career starts. Bolt d’Oro provided his sire with his second G1 winner of the day, following Elate’s victory over older rivals in the G1 Beldame at Belmont Park.
Settled just off the pace through the early stages of the race by jockey Corey Nakatani, Bolt d’Oro moved to challenge the leader at the top of the stretch. The pair battled briefly but then Bolt d’Oro hit another gear and took off, eventually pulling away to win by seven lengths.
Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm LLC, Bolt d’Oro was purchased by owner-trainer Mick Ruis for $630,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August Yearling sale. He is out of Globe Trot, a winning daughter of A.P. Indy who has also produced two-time Stakes winner and Multiple Graded Stakes-placed Sonic Mule (by Distorted Humor). Bolt d’Oro hails from the family of Multiple G1 winner Zensational and Multiple Graded Stakes winner, Departing.
Medaglia d’Oro has sired five G1 winners this year, more than any other sire in North America. In addition to Bolt d’Oro, Medaglia d’Oro is the sire of G1 winners Elate, Songbird, New Money Honey, and Dickinson.