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Thor’s Bolt

    • New York-Bred Colt from Hot First-Crop Sire

    • Bolt d’Oro, An Exceptional 2-Year-Old, Came from Same Sale

    • Goes to Christophe Clement, Always a Force with New York-Breds

West Point jumped in to buy the first horse to change hands at the 100th Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, eager to secure this New York-bred colt Monday night from the first crop of a sire who proved to be in hot demand throughout the two-day sale.

Ten sons and daughters of Bolt d’Oro sold in this select marketplace over the two nights, with a high price of $1.4-million and an average of $407,000.

Bolt d’Oro is that kind of promising young sire: so well regarded by Spendthrift Farm (the operation where Into Mischief has jumped to the top of the American sire ranks) that in 2020, it was the up-and-comer Bolt d'Oro chosen to be the mate for Beholder, a two-time champion and sure-fire Hall of Fame candidate.

Not only is this a New York-bred, which presents the highest state-bred purse incentives in the country, but he is also from a female family that, in the parlance of the racing game, is considered “active,” i.e. with recent flattering results on the racetrack. That comes from this colt’s 2-year-old half sister, who was the first runner to represent their dam, Tarquinia, by Speightown. The 2-year-old half sibling, named Shesawildjoker, scored in her debut at Belmont in July and competed in open graded stakes at Saratoga.

Bolt d’Oro himself was a supreme 2-year-old, winning the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and Grade 1 Frontrunner Stakes in Southern California for owner-breeder-trainer Mick Ruis, who bought the son of Medaglia D'’Oro at this very same sale at Saratoga in 2016.

Christophe Clement, a perennial force with New York-breds during the Saratoga meet, will train the bay colt. “He is West Point quality, I really like him,” Christophe said.

Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2023.

Trainer: Christophe Clement

  • A leading US trainer for over 25 years, Christophe has acquired a reputation for meticulous attention to detail. He intentionally limits the size of his stable to a number that can be kept in just two locations at any point in time.
  • Top runners include Champion 2-time Eclipse Award winner, Gio Ponti, 4-time G1 winner, Tonalist, Gufo, and WPT grade one horses Decorated Invader and Best Performance.
  • Christophe Clement has been nominated for the U.S. Hall of Fame, and hopefully before long should take his place there, for he is a credit to the sport, a man of unquestionable integrity for whom his honesty and proficiency, and skill as a trainer are a matter of personal pride.

Thor’s Bolt Info

  • Trainer: Christophe Clement
  • Sire: Bolt D'Oro
  • Dam: Tarquinia
  • Broodmare Sire: Speightstown
  • Birth Date: March 20, 2020
  • Sex: colt
  • Bred: New York
  • Engagements: Breeders' Cup, New York-bred program
  • Dosage Index: 3.00
  • Center of distribution: 0.70
  • TrueNicks: A

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