Javier Castellano, successful in his first ride on Bolt d’Oro in last Saturday’s dramatic San Felipe Stakes, will return from his East Coast base to pilot the colt in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7, owner/trainer Mick Ruis said Thursday morning.
Winner of four consecutive Eclipse Awards as the nation’s outstanding jockey from 2103 through 2016, the 40-year-old
crossed the wire second by a head to McKinzie in the San Felipe after a stirring stretch duel, but following a lengthy stewards’ inquiry and an objection lodged by Castellano against Mike Smith on McKinzie for bumping incidents in the stretch run, the latter was disqualified from first to second.
“Bolt is doing fantastic,” Ruis said. “He’s eating everything up, he’s 100 percent sound and he’s as healthy as he was going in (to the San Felipe), which was 100 percent.
“Hopefully, he’ll move up off that race because he really needed it (having not run in four months, since finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile last Nov. 4). He was about 80 percent (fit) for the San Felipe; everybody knows that.
Meanwhile, like countless fans who witnessed the exciting battle between Bolt and Mac in the San Felipe, Ruis is looking forward to round two.
“I hope we get a rematch in the Santa Anita Derby,” he said.