Beyer bumps up Front Run­ner fig­ure

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Bolt D’Oro’s win­ning Beyer Speed Fig­ure in the Front Run­ner Stakes at Santa Anita has been ad­justed from 100 to 103, the high­est num­ber earned by a 2-year-old this year.

The time of the Sept. 30 race was spec­tac­u­larly fast in com­par­i­son with other stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the card. If that time was taken at face value, Bolt d’Oro would have earned a Beyer Fig­ure of 113, equal­ing the best per­for­mance by 2-year-old in 25 years. Such a fig­ure would have meant that the top four fin­ish­ers all im­proved on their pre­vi­ous best ef­forts by 16 points or more – a highly im­plau­si­ble sce­nario, in the view of the Beyer team. Ac­cord­ingly, they as­signed the Front Run­ner an ar­bi­trary fig­ure of 100.

On Satur­day, the top two fin­ish­ers in the Front Run­ner, Bolt d ”Oro and Solo­mini, were soundly beaten in the Breed­ers’ Cup Ju­ve­nile by Good Magic, who earned a no-doubt-about-it fig­ure of 100. “The Breed­ers’ Cup con­firmed that the fig­ure for the Front Run­ner couldn’t have been a 113,” An­drew Beyer said. “But it made us con­clude that our fig­ure should have been a lit­tle higher.”

Bolt d’Oro raced so wide around both turns at Del Mar that the loss of ground prob­a­bly cost him the race. With a de­cent trip, he might have run a fig­ure bet­ter than 100. Solo­mini earned a 93 for his sec­ond­place fin­ish in the Ju­ve­nile, six points higher than his Front-Run­ner fig­ure. Some of this dif­fer­ence could be due to the nat­u­ral im­prove­ment of a 2-year-old in the third start of his ca­reer, but Solo­mini’s per­for­mance did sug­gest that the Front-Run­ner fig­ure could be higher.

“We be­lieve the 103 de­fines Bolt d’Oro prop­erly,” Beyer said. “He’s not the fastest 2-yearold of the mil­len­nium, but he’s cer­tainly one of the best in the last few years.”

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