(Note: This was written last week and published at Paulick Report well before Juvenile, in which Bolt d’Oro finished third.)
Unbeaten and more impressive with each start, Bolt d’Oro (by Medaglia d’Oro) is expected to be the hot favorite for the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, Bolt d’Oro sold at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale, where Mick and Wendy Ruis paid $630,000 to acquire the striking bay colt. Ruis’s racing manager Ike Green made the winning bid and later broke the colt.
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 (Distorted Humor). Their half-brother, a yearling colt by Curlin, sold at the 2017 Keeneland September sale for $250,000 to Sagamore Farm.
Unfortunately, that colt is the last foal out of Globe Trot, who died in 2016.
Bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm, Globe Trot sold to AGS Thoroughbreds (Gordon Stollery) in 2009 for $100,000. Bill Graves, who was adviser and sometime partner with Stollery, said “we were flabbergasted that we bought her at that price.”
Purely in terms of pedigree, she appeared to be worth it much and more. Globe Trot was by perennial leading sire A.P. Indy, one of the great influences in American breeding, and was out of multiple graded stakes winner Trip, by Lord at War.
“On pedigree alone, I had no idea we’d get her for that,” Graves said. “But we bought her, and we were real proud of her. She’s accomplished all that Gordon hoped and planned that she might.
“He loved to buy from Claiborne because they’re such straightforward horsemen and you can get into some of those grand old families” that make serious broodmares, as well as racing prospects. Among the broodmares Stollery acquired from Claiborne were the Cure the Blues mare Santa Catalina, dam of G1 winner Golden Missile (A.P. Indy), and Eaves, a stakes-placed daughter of leading sire Cox’s Ridge and a half-sister to the good sire Boundary, that Stollery bought out of the Gamely dispersal at Keeneland January in 1998 for $1 million.
Not long after the purchase, Eaves produced a bay colt by Mr. Prospector for Stollery. Later named Ochoco, that colt was sent to the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale of 1999, where he brought the top price of $3 million, selling to Aaron and Marie Jones.
That colt was trained by Elliott Walden, now president and general manager of WinStar Farm, which bred Bolt d’Oro from a mare the organization bought from Stollery.
Graves recalled that “we bought Globe Trot because she was very good-looking and well-bred. We bought and raced her with the intention of putting her in the broodmare band but then Gordon went on a vacation down in the Bahamas” and died in Dec. 2011.
That was at the end of Globe Trot’s second year of racing. She was a 3-year-old who had won a maiden special in her third start, and she won an allowance two months after Stollery’s death. “With the family’s blessing,” Graves said, “I then sold her to Elliott for WinStar.”
The filly won a third race, an allowance at Arlington for WinStar, and they tried to get her some black type in listed stakes at Presque Isle. That didn’t work out, but everything else has, with two stakes winners from her first two foals.
Globe Trot’s dam, the Lord at War mare Trip, was the first of three stakes winners Claiborne bred out of Tour, a fast stakes-winning daughter of champion Forty Niner and stakes winner Fun Flight. Trip was also the best of the three, which included listed stakes winners Joke (Phone Trick) and Laity (Pulpit). Joke became the dam of G1 winner Zensational (Unbridled’s Song), but Trip’s daughter Globe Trot has produced the hottest ticket in the country with the favorite for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
In addition to his distinguished immediate relations, Bolt d’Oro traces back to the historic foundation mare Myrtlewood (Blue Larkspur), a top-class winner of 15 races from 22 starts, only once out of the money. Myrtlewood was the source of much of the early success for Leslie Combs at Spendthrift Farm, and when Bolt d’Oro retires from racing, he will stand at Spendthrift Farm, now owned by Wayne Hughes.