2005 Wood Memorial Stakes - Bellamy Road





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Published on Apr 5, 2013

George Steinbrenner's Bellamy Road became a serious contender for next month's Kentucky Derby (Gr. I) with a stunning 17 1/2-length victory over a half dozen overmatched rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Wood Memorial (gr. I) at Aqueduct.

The front-running victory for the Florida-bred was as effortless as it was breathtaking, stopping the clock in a track record-equaling 1:47.

At the sixteenth pole, jockey Javier Castellano glanced over at the infield television, saw his margin widening, and turned to wave at the grandstand in celebration. Past the wire, the lightly-raced Bellamy Road continued to run on strong until an outrider helped Castellano pull him up more than a quarter mile past the finish. It never looked as if Bellamy Road was running full out.

"Boy, he was unbelievable today," said trainer Nick Zito. "He just kept going. I hope he stays that way for four weeks, and he'll have a good shot (in the Kentucky Derby), too."

Gotham (gr. III) winner Survivalist finished second, with Scrappy T third. But they will be remembered as little more than footnotes to one of most extraordinary spring victories by a 3-year old in recent memory.


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