McKinzie ‘Showed He’s The Real Deal,’ Ruis ‘Super Happy’ With Bolt D’Oro

Both Bolt d’Oro and McKinzie exited Saturday’s controversial San Felipe Stakes in good order, according to Though McKinzie crossed the wire a head in front, he was disqualified for interference in the stretch and Bolt d’Oro was declared the winner. Trainer Bob Baffert was still frustrated by the stewards’ decision on Sunday morning, but he remains pleased with McKinzie’s effort.

“He showed he’s the real deal,” Baffert said. “He was ready in case of a throw down. It’s too bad the stewards got involved. It was a thrilling race.”

Owner/trainer Mick Ruis was delighted with Bolt d’Oro’s performance, and would have been so even if he hadn’t been moved up. The colt hadn’t raced since the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in early November, and prior to the race, Ruis wasn’t entirely sure that Bolt d’Oro would be ready to give a top effort.

“I was proud that he got that close to McKinzie,” said Ruis. “He’s good today. Legs are ice cold, he was nipping at me. I’m super happy.”

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