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Derby notes: Owner, trainer Mick Ruis ready to let it ride on Bolt d'Oro

Derby notes: Owner, trainer Mick Ruis ready to let it ride on Bolt d'Oro

In a Kentucky Derby dominated by familiar names, rich partnerships and international breeding empires, Mick Ruis stands as the proud exception.

Not only does the folksy Southern Californian train Bolt d’Oro, an 8-1 co-fourth choice in the morning line, he owns the colt thanks to a $78 million windfall from the scaffolding company he built up and sold.

“When you spend your own money for a horse, I think you have a lot more interest in him,” Ruis said. “I picked him out at the sale. We raised him on the ranch. We brought him to California, where we started training on him. To watch him go from a yearling, to get broke, to doing this, you get more attached to...