Ruis Racing’s Bolt d’Oro, a multiple Grade 1 winner in Southern California who was 12th in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), did not return to Santa Anita as originally scheduled but is at Keeneland to prepare for his next start, still being determined by trainer and co-owner Mick Ruis.
Ruis said the Preakness (G1) on May 19 is a possibility.
“We’re not ruling out the Preakness, but I haven’t decided what I’m going to do with him yet,” Ruis said about the 3-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro. “He’s training well, but we just don’t know what we want to do.”
Bolt d’Oro, who on Thursday in this third morning at Keeneland galloped about 1½ miles under exercise rider Rey Rodriguez, joined Ruis Racing’s six-horse string here with trainer Austin Trites. On April 26 during Keeneland’s Spring Meet, Trites won his training debut with Ruis Racing’s The Critical Way.
Aimee Dollase, Ruis’ assistant who was at Churchill Downs with Bolt d’Oro, also is at Keeneland.
“We have a farm four miles away, and we thought (Keeneland would) be a good place to relax with ‘Bolt’ – nice, calm, don’t have the hustle and bustle of anything,” Ruis said, referring to his recent acquisition of Chestnut Farm.
Ruis said moving his Thoroughbred breeding and racing operation to Central Kentucky means he will increase the number of horses he has in training at Keeneland.
Bolt d’Oro has four wins in seven starts and has earned $1,016,000. At 2, he won the Del Mar Futurity (G1) and Santa Anita’s FrontRunner (G1) in consecutive starts.
In April, Bolt d’Oro was second to eventual Kentucky Derby winner Justify in the Santa Anita Derby (G1).