Bellamy Road, impressed in winning the Wood Memorial.

Bellamy Road, impressed in winning the Wood Memorial.

Skip Dickstein

Bellamy Road to Miss Breeders' Cup; Will Race in 2006

Due to a "moderate sized" splint on the inside of his right foreleg, Kinsman Farm's Bellamy Road will miss the rest of this year and be readied for a 2006 campaign, according to a statement released Monday.

The release said the injury is similar to one Bellamy Road suffered on the left foreleg during this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

Trainer Nick Zito said he, Kinsman Stud owner George Steinbrenner, and Kinsman Farm manager Edward Sexton, in consultation with veterinarians Michael Chovanes and Joseph Migliachi, decided that Bellamy Road will be treated and rested at the Ocala, Florida farm and readied for 2006.

Sexton and Zito said that the colt has gained several inches in height and increased his body size and weight since the Derby, and that it "may take a few months for the bones in his legs to adapt to the different biomechanical pressures of bigger body."

"Most Thoroughbreds continue to grow through their 4-year-old year and Bellamy Road is getting bigger and stronger with each race," Chovanes said in the release. "His bone size and density will catch up with his body...and this bodes well for his 4-year-old year."

Zito will continue to train Bellamy Road in 2006, the statement said.

A son of Concerto, Bellamy Road sizzled in the Wood Memorial (gr. I) before finishing seventh as the 5-2 favorite in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I). In his start since the Derby, Bellamy Road ran a game second in the Travers Stakes (gr. I).