‘Stand-In’ Espinoza To Work Bolt d’Oro Tuesday At Santa Anita

Bolt d’Oro, a leading contender for the Triple Crown who is scheduled to make his 3-year-old debut in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 10, will work towards that goal Tuesday morning with Victor Espinoza aboard the son of Medaglia d’Oro.

“He’ll go five-eighths in company,” owner/trainer Mick Ruis said Monday morning at Clockers’ Corner. “I wanted to go out of the gate, but the gate is not available on Tuesdays (the gate crew’s day off), and I want to keep my six-day schedule, so it looks like I’ll go six furlongs from the gate next Monday when Javier (Castellano) is in town (from Florida) to work him.”

The San Felipe, a Grade II test at a mile and one-sixteenth, yields $400,000 in purse money and offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to the third-place finisher and five to the fourth.

With four-time Eclipse Award winner from 2013 through 2016 as outstanding jockey Castellano currently listed as the rider on two other Derby candidates, as well as Bolt d’Oro, and the Run for the Roses over two months away – light years in racing – anything can happen.

Thus Ruis could do worse than have three-time Kentucky Derby winner, Triple Crown champion, and newly-minted Hall of Fame member Espinoza waiting in the wings to ride Bolt d’Oro on the first Saturday in May, should the fates allow.

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