Last year it was the Shelbe Ruis-trained Union Strike who surprised in the Del Mar Debutante. This year, father Mick Ruis kept the family tradition alive when he saddled the winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity on Monday, sending out Bolt d’Oro to a 3/4-length win over Zatter in the $ 300,000 contest. Ruis’ manager Ike Green purchased the juvenile son of Medaglia d’Oro on behalf of the Ruis Racing Stable for $ 630,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Bolt d’Oro covered seven furlongs over Del Mar’s fast main track in 1:22.91.
After breaking his maiden with a gate-to-wire trip, Bolt d’Oro relaxed well off the pace under Nakatani. The pace was strong, as expected, with Master Ruler, Run Away and Zatter all near the front in the early going. Soul Streit did not break particularly well, but rushed up the rail as the field joined the main track to take the lead.
Soul Streit was in front to mark the first quarter-mile in :21.88, and continued to inch away from Run Away going down the backstretch. At the widest margin, Soul Streit’s lead was almost two lengths as he was tracked by Run Away and Zatter. Entering the far turn, Nakatani swung Bolt d’Oro very wide, nearly five paths off the rail, to make his rally.
Soul Streit dropped out of contention after setting a half-mile fraction of :44.54, leaving Run Away on the lead. Zatter was still hounding the G2 Best Pal winner just a half-length behind, however, and came running around the last part of the turn to take the lead. Bolt d’Oro had gained third position past the fading Soul Streit just before the straight.
Zatter turned for home with a half-length lead over Run Away, who dropped back along the rail. Bolt d’Oro was making up ground from the center of the track, quickly encroaching on Zatter’s lead, and the two were head-and-head at the sixteenth pole. Bolt d’Oro put Zatter away and was drawing off late as he crossed under the wire three-quarters of a length in front. Zatter would have to settle for second, while Run Away just held on to third in a photo over Dia de Pago.
Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Bolt d’Oro was a selection of Ruis’ racing manager Ike Green, who later broke the colt as a 2-year-old. Ruis went to $ 630,000 to secure Bolt d’Oro as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Out of the winning A.P. Indy mare Globe Trot, Bolt d’Oro is a half-brother to two-time stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed Sonic Mule. His 10th dam is Myrtlewood, foundation mare of Leslie Combs’ Spendthrift Farm.
Bolt d’Oro broke his maiden at first asking by 2 1/4 lengths, and the Del Mar Futurity is just his second career start. So far, the colt has earned just over $ 210,000, and Ruis indicated he is planning to race the colt in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
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