Ruis Racing’s Bolt d’Oro (Medaglia d’Oro) turned in his first work since finishing 12th in the GI Kentucky Derby, going five furlongs in company in :57.00 (1/2) at Keeneland Monday. The colt is expected to make his next start in the GI Metropolitan H. at Belmont Park June 9.

“I thought it was a really nice work,” said trainer and co-owner Mick Ruis said. “It was faster than I thought he was going to go, but he did it so easy. He’s doing really well.”

After Bolt d’Oro, second behind Justify (Scat Daddy) in the Apr. 7 GI Santa Anita Derby, faded in the stretch of the Derby, Ruis opted to skip the May 19 GI Preakness S. and focus on the Met Mile, a Win and You’re In event for the GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

“The time off between the Derby and the Preakness is really helping him out,” Ruis said. “He was only supposed to work a half, but they gave him five-eighths. I was really happy the way he did it and happy with the way he cooled out, like it was no big deal. He recovered nice right away after the work.”

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