Bolt d'Oro Overview
Not many stallions have won two Group 1 races in their first three starts – no other stallion at stud in Australia in fact.
One of the best American two-year-olds of the last decade, Spendthrift Australia is proud to introduce Bolt d’Oro (USA), a multiple Group 1-winning millionaire son of Medaglia d’Oro (USA) to the 2019 roster.
Bolt d’Oro struck a cord in his juvenile season with three emphatic victories.
After capturing his debut, Bolt d’Oro jumped into Group 1 company to win the G1 Del Mar Futurity and then claimed the G1 Frontrunner Stakes by 7 3/4 lengths in his third start. In doing so, Bolt d’Oro established himself as the only multiple Group 1-winning two-year-old colt from his crop in North America.
In his first start at three, Bolt d'Oro won the Group 2 San Felipe Stakes before finishing runner-up to eventual Triple Crown winner Justify in the Group 1 Santa Anita Derby.
With his back-to-back Group 1 wins, Bolt d’Oro retired to stud as Medaglia d’Oro’s most accomplished two-year-old colt ever in the northern hemisphere.
Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, the precocious galloper was a US$630,000 Saratoga Select yearling. He is by a proven outcross sire with a powerful ability to sire high-class two-year-olds, and he is completely free of Danehill or Danzig blood.
Out of the winning A.P Indy mare Globe Trot, all three of her progeny are stakes winners.
Exceptional stallion Medaglia D'Oro sired Golden Slipper hero Vancouver, Golden Rose star Astern and Derby winner Crown Prosecutor during his time in Australia. His current two-year-old crop include Group winners Tenley and Flit.
Bolt d'Oro Pedigree
|MEDAGLIA D'ORO (USA)|
|EL PRADO (IRE)|
|SADLERS WELLS |
|LADY CAPULET |
|CAP AND BELLS|
|CAPPUCINO BAY (USA)|
|DUBBED IN |
|GLOBE TROT (USA)|
|A.P. INDY (USA)|
|SEATTLE SLEW |
|WEEKEND SURPRISE |
|LORD AT WAR |
|LUNA DE MIEL|
Bolt d'Oro BR News
Spendthrift's Bolt d'Oro Sires First FoalMon, 13 Jan 2020
Exciting Spendthrift shuttler Bolt d’Oro the multiple Gr1-winning millionaire by Medaglia d’Oro, sired his first reported foal early Friday, 10 January when a filly was born at Forever Spring Farm in Kentucky. Bred by Forever Spring Farm & River Oaks Farm, the bay filly is the first foal out of the Speightstown mare Moment of Speight (Ire), whose multiple graded-placed dam, Shimmering Moment, is a half-sister to multimillionaire & two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) winner Stormy Liberal and 2019 Saratoga graded winner Leinster. “This filly has good substance and quality. She has lovely angles and is a very pretty filly,” said Matt Jackson, farm manager of Forever Spring Farm. “We’re super excited to breed back to Bolt d’Oro.” Bolt d’Oro, who splits his time between Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky and Spendthrift Australia in Victoria, was a dominant 2YO with two high class Gr1 victories. A $630,000 Saratoga Select yearling, he is out of the multiple graded stakes-producing A.P. Indy mare Globe Trot and hails from a top Claiborne Farm family. Bolt d’Oro proved to be one of the top 3 most popular first-season US stallions from a vintage crop in 2019, breeding 214 mares with 94% confirmed in foal. He will again stand for a fee of $25,000 S&N in 2020.
Bolt d'Oro (pic: spendthrift.com.au)
Speed on Speed for Champion Spendthrift MatingWed, 20 Nov 2019
Spendthrift Farm's four-time champion and three-time Gr1 Breeders' Cup winner Beholder will be bred to Bolt d'Oro in 2020. "We strongly considered breeding Beholder to Bolt d'Oro this past season, so it's a mating we've been excited about for some time," said Ned Toffey, general manager at Spendthrift. "Frankly, Bolt d'Oro has been so tremendously in-demand that we decided to wait until 2020. "One of the coolest things about this mating is it matches two of the fastest Gr1-winning 2-year-olds that racing has seen in the last decade." Beholder, who is in foal to War Front with a January due date, has produced two offspring to date, including a yearling colt by Uncle Mo named Q B One and a weanling filly by Curlin. Beholder retired from racing in 2016 after an illustrious career that saw her win 18 of 26 starts with earnings of $6,156,600. She captured Eclipse Awards as the outstanding 2-year-old filly of 2012, 3-year-old filly of 2013, and older filly & mare of 2015 and 2016. Among her eleven Gr1 victories were three Breeders' Cup triumphs, including the 2012 Juvenile Fillies, 2013 Distaff, and – in dramatic fashion – the 2016 Distaff over Songbird in what would be her final career start before retiring to Spendthrift. Beholder also scored a memorable win in the 2015 Pacific Classic, facing and defeating males in dominating fashion by 8 1/4-lengths at Del Mar. Bolt d'Oro, who retired to Spendthrift in 2019, covered 214 mares in his first book with a 94% in-foal rate. The son of Medaglia d'Oro was the only 2-year-old colt of 2017 to win multiple Gr1 races, including dominant back-to-back wins in the Del Mar Futurity (Gr1) and FrontRunner (Gr1). In the latter, he earned a 103 Beyer – still the fastest earned by a 2-year-old colt since 2014.
Multiple G1 Winner Bolt d'Oro Retires To SpendthriftMon, 12 Nov 2018
In significant US breeding news, Bolt d’Oro, the multiple Gr1-winning millionaire and leading 2YO of 2017, has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty in 2019 at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY. The son of Medaglia d’Oro will stand for a fee of $25,000 S&N. With three emphatic victories as a 2YO, including back-to-back Gr1 wins in the 7-furlong Gr1 Del Mar Futurity and Gr1 FrontRunner Stakes, Bolt d’Oro also became the only multiple Gr1-winning juvenile colt from his crop in North America. He became the biggest favorite in the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile since Dehere in 1993 but a poor start from barrier 11 forced him to race wide throughout, ruining any chance of victory. In his highly-anticipated 3YO debut, Bolt d’Oro easily won the Gr2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita, before going on to finish runner-up to eventual Triple Crown winner Justify in the Gr1 Santa Anita Derby where he earned a 102 Beyer. A $630,000 Saratoga Select yearling, Bolt d’Oro is out of the multiple stakes-producing A.P. Indy mare Globe Trot. Bred by WinStar, he hails from a deep Claiborne female family. He retires with earnings of $1,016,000 and enters stud as Medaglia d’Oro’s fastest ever Gr1-winning juvenile.
Kentucky Derby PreviewFri, 4 May 2018
Bookmakers have installed Justify as favourite for the Group 1 Kentucky Derby after the Bob Baffert-trained colt drew barrier 7 for the US$2.1 million Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The son of Scat Daddy, who is one of four 3YOs in the race by the ill-fated Coolmore sire, is currently 3-1 for the blue riband event ahead of the Aidan O'Brien-trained Mendelssohn at 5-1, Magnum Moon at 6-1, with Bolt d'Oro and Audible the only other runners under double figure odds at 8-1. Justify, who is coming off a 3 length win over Bolt d'Oro in the Gr1 Santa Anita Derby, must overcome history and the so-called "Apollo Curse" if he is to win the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Justify was unraced as a 2YO and the last horse to win the Derby, having not raced as a juvenile, was Apollo way back in 1882. Baffert said he was happy with the draw. "I'm happy. Everybody should be happy with their posts. I wanted to be in the middle or outside. We didn't want the one-hole, that's for sure," he told Blood Horse. The Kentucky Derby field is:
- Firenze Fire 50-1
- Free Drop Billy 30-1
- Promises Fulfilled 30-1
- Flameaway 30-1
- Audible 8-1
- Good Magic 12-1
- Justify 3-1
- Lone Sailor 50-1
- Hofburg 20-1
- My Boy Jack 30-1
- Bolt d'Oro 8-1
- Enticed 30-1
- Bravazo 50-1
- Mendelssohn 5-1
- Instilled Regard 50-1
- Magnum Moon 6-1
- Solomini 30-1
- Vino Rosso 12-1
- Noble Indy 30-1
- Combatant 50-1
- Blended Citizen 50-1
Bolt d'Oro Wins Gr1 Frontrunner StakesTue, 3 Oct 2017
At Santa Anita Park in the US, Darley's multiple Gr1-winning shuttler Medaglia d'Oro (El Prado-Cappucino Bay, by Bailjumper) celebrated an elite race success when 2YO bay colt Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro-Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy) romped home by 7.75 lengths in the US$300,000 Gr1 Frontrunner Stakes (8.5 furlongs) for 2YOs, defeating Solomini & Take The One O One. A US$630,000 yearling purchase at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Sale, Bolt d'Oro extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins (including the Gr1 Futurity Stakes) from 3 starts for US$396,000 in earnings. "Our goal was this race and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and then give him a chance to grow up," trainer Mick Ruis told Blood Horse. "Hopefully what dreams are made of is what this guy might be able to get us to."
Bolt d'Oro Wins Gr1 Del Mar FuturityWed, 6 Sep 2017
At Del Mar in the US, 2YO colt Bolt d'Oro (Medaglia d'Oro-Globe Trot, by A.P. Indy) maintained his perfect record when defying interference at the start and a precarious six-side trip to win the US$300,000 Gr1 Del Mar Futurity (7 furlongs, 2YO's) by three-quarters of a length for trainer Mick Ruis, over fellow juvenile colts Zatter (Midnight Lute-Katori, by Dixie Union) & Run Away (Run Away and Hide-Cabales, by Pulpit). Now 2 from 2 Bolt d'Oro has accumulated US$214,230 in earnings. A valuable US$630,000 Fasig Tipton August Yearling by 17 time Gr1-producing Darley stallion Medaglia d'Oro, Bolt d'Oro will now likely head to the Gr1 Frontrunner Stakes on September 30 from where his passport to the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile in early November may well be stamped.