Owner and trainer Mick Ruis has replace Corey Nakatani, the regular rider of Bolt d’Oro until now with Javier Castellano. Javier will be aboard the colt in his next scheduled start, the San Felipe at Santa Anita.
What’s being reported is Luis was upset with Nakatani after Nakatani worked the colt and waited afterwards to bring him back through the paddock schooling him a little as opposed to bringing him straight back to the barn. Corey rode the colt in all 4 of his two-year old starts.
A wide trip in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hurt Bolt d’Oro’s chances and he finished third to Good Magic who then edged him out in the Eclipse Awards.
Luis also stated Corey will still ride other horses for him, and that he would still work Bolt d’ Oro. I tend to doubt that but it is just my opinion.