Gaines happy to have Bolo back in California
July 17, 2016 11:51am
Bolo catches Obviously in 2016 Arcadia
Photo: Benoit Photo/Santa Anita

There hasn’t been a lot to savor for trainer Carla Gaines in trips to Louisville to run Bolo on the first Saturday in May the last two years.
Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, the 4-year-old Temple City colt was 12th, beaten 12 ¾ lengths by American Pharoah in the 2015 Kentucky Derby. And on the most recent Derby Day, Bolo, under Mike Smith, was 10th of 12, beaten 16 ¼ lengths by Divisidero, in Churchill Downs’ Grade I Turf Classic.
“Neither one was very successful,” Gaines understated. “With the Derby, he had the points to get in and you always want to give it a whirl and you never know how that track is going to be. We knew he was a grass horse, and it just didn’t work out.
“The grass race this year was a disaster. Let’s just say it was a very rough trip. He was hit hard, his hind end went right out from under him and he came out with some minor cuts.”
This isn’t Kentucky. This is Del Mar, where Bolo made his racing debut and broke his maiden in his second start at the 2014 Bing Crosby fall meeting, and Southern California where Bolo does his best work.
His racing debut at  Del Mar in 2014 (5th)  is the only time he’s been off the board in eight Golden State starts with the highlight being a victory in the Grade II Arcadia at Santa Anita on February 13.
For his return following the most recent ill-fated Kentucky trip, Bolo is the 3-1 second choice to Midnight Storm in Sunday’s Grade II $250,000 Eddie Read Stakes.     
“He looks like a million dollars. Just stunning,” Gaines said. “He’s doing very well.”
CLOSERS – Selected works from 239 on the main track and 27 on turf Sunday morning: Dirt -- Handsome Hank (5f, 1:05.40), Nyquist (5f, 1:02.00), Dortmund (6f, 1:12.00), Papacoolpapacool (6f, 1:12.60), Quick Casablanca (6f, 1:13.60), Songbird (6f, 1:11.40), Beholder (7f, 1:27.00) and Stellar Wind (7f, 1:25.20); Turf – Calculator (4f, :51.60), Havanna Belle (4f, :50.40), Soi Phet (4f, :51.80), Toews on Ice (4f, :52.00), Elektrum (5f, 1:03.60), Fanticola (5f, 1:02.80) …  A field of six was entered for Wednesday’s featured $75,000 C.E.R.F Stakes. From the rail out: Enchanting Lady (Rafael Bejarano), Pretty N Cool (Mike Smith), Everqueen (Mario Gutierrez), Dr. Fager’s Gal (Martin Garcia), Lucky Folie (Flavien Prat) and Shh She’s Ours (Victor Espinoza) … Nationally syndicated sports talk show host and horse owner Jim Rome, his wife Janet and family are expected among the Turf Club guests for Sunday’s program. On Friday, August 26, the former El Cajon Stakes will be run for the first time as the renamed Shared Belief in honor of 2014 TVG Pacific Classic winner Shared Belief, of whom Rome was a part owner … Listeners to radio station Jazz 88.3’s “Inside Art” program hosted by Dave Drexler starting at 7 tonight will hear a rebroadcast of a 2016 interview with track announcer Trevor Denman. The show can also be streamed live on and via phone applications … Apprentice jockey Chad Lindsay edged “all others” by one (and the only) vote for the fictitious “Mr. Congeniality” award for the Jockey Photo Days event before Saturday’s races. Lindsay, in his first turn at the event, impressed organizers with his enthusiasm for, interest in and interaction with the many fans.

Source: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club


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