Fresh from his first shuttle season to Spendthrift Australia in Victoria, Bolt d’Oro, the multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire by Medaglia d’Oro, sired his first reported foal early Friday, Jan. 10th 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.”
Campaigned by Mick and Wendy Ruis, Bolt d’Oro began his career with three emphatic victories as a 2-year-old, including back-to-back Grade One wins. After capturing his 6 ½-furlong debut at Del Mar, he jumped into Grade One company to decisively win the Del Mar Futurity (G1). In his third start, Bolt d’Oro stretched out around two turns in the FrontRunner (G1) at Santa Anita and dominated his rivals to the tune of a 7 ¾-length victory.
In his 3-year-old debut, Bolt d’Oro won the San Felipe (G2) over McKinzie. He retired to Spendthrift with earnings of $1,016,000. Bolt d’Oro, a $630,000 Saratoga Select yearling, 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 stallions from a vintage crop in 2019, breeding 214 mares with 94% checking in foal. He will again stand in North America for a fee of $25,000 S&N in 2020.
Bolt D’Oro covered over 100 mares in Victoria at Spendthrift Australia last spring at a fee of $13,750.