Bellamy Road, Now Trained by Zito, Debuts in Gulf Allowance
by Steve Haskin
Date Posted: 3/10/2005 1:49:59 PM

Nick Zito, who already has four solid Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders, will try to add to his roster when he sends out the newly acquired Bellamy Road, winner of the Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes (gr. III), in a one-mile allowance race at Gulfstream Saturday.

Bellamy Road, who was trained last year by Michael Dickinson, was sent to Zito two months ago by owner George Steinbrenner, who races under the name Kinsman Stable.

The son of Concerto won his debut at Delaware Park by 7 1/2 lengths before capturing the Cradle by almost three lengths, defeating Diamond Isle and Scipion. The colt suffered an injury while finishing seventh in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity (gr. I) and hasn't raced since.

"He looks like a very good horse, and I'm thankful for the opportunity," said Zito, who has trained several good horses for Steinbrenner in the past, including Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Acceptable.

Bellamy Road, who will be ridden by Javier Castellano, will face five others, with the main danger coming from Dearest Mon, who won two in a row before disappointing in the Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III). The Rick Violette-trained son of Maria's Mon will have the services of Edgar Prado.

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