Zito Considers Travers for Bellamy Road

Zito Considers Travers for Bellamy Road
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Zito undecided about Bellamy Road's next start.
(from Saratoga track notes)
Trainer Nick Zito says Wood Memorial (gr. I) winner Bellamy Road, owned by George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable, is under consideration for the Travers (gr. I) after the colt worked five furlongs in 1:00 1/5 Saturday morning over a sloppy Saratoga track.

Official clockers caught the 3-year-old in fractions of :22 3/5 and :47 2/5. Gallop-out times were 1:14 and 1:28 2/5 with exercise rider Maxine Correa aboard.

"The rider was just sitting there," Zito responded when asked if the first quarter was faster than he wanted. "That's the kind of horse he is. Knock on wood, everything's good."

Bellamy Road is scheduled to run Aug. 27, but the question is in which race will he go. He could either go in the $250,000 King's Bishop (gr. I) at seven furlongs or the meet's showcase event, the 1 1/4-mile Travers (gr. I). Originally, Bellamy Road was thought to be more likely to run in the King's Bishop.

"We're just going to keep our options open," Zito said. "He's going to run somewhere at the meet. Never say never. When that horse is right, he runs with anybody.

"The King's Bishop is extremely tough with Lost in the Fog. On the other hand, we have the conditioning thing going a mile and a quarter (in the Travers). There are two dilemmas to talk about. That's why I want to talk to the Boss (Steinbrenner). I want him to fire himself. How's that? Right or wrong? At least, we'll have fun talking about it. We've got another week, and we'll go from there. One thing George always says is, 'The horse comes first.'"

Bellamy Road has not run since finishing seventh while favored in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). He was found to have suffered a popped splint in his left foreleg during the running of the race.

Zito said he is definitely running Belmont Stakes (gr. I) runner-up Andromeda's Hero in the Travers. He breezed five furlongs in 1:02 Thursday and will have another work before the Travers.

Also under consideration from Zito for the Travers is Tracy Farmer's Sun King, runner-up to Roman Ruler in the Haskell Invitational (gr. I) at Monmouth last weekend.

The main track was sealed earlier in the morning but lightly harrowed during the conditioning break. Zito said he would not have worked his horses if the track was still sealed.

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