Toby's Corner leads huge day for Bellamy Road
Saturday, April 9, 2011

Toby's Corner winning the Wood Memorial (G1) - David Alcosser photo
Toby's Corner came from the back of the pack to score a thrilling victory in the $1 million Wood Memorial (G1), the same race his sire won in spectacular fashion in 2005.[WATCH VIDEO] Toby's Corner was the highlight of the day, but Bellamy Road also had Zoebear run second in the $300,000 Illinois Derby (G3) at Hawthorne, capping off a the biggest day of 2011 thus far for the second year stallion.

The April 9 results will catapult Bellamy Road well into the top 10 on the second crop sire list; he was 14th before the days results.

With the Kentucky Derby (G1) just a month away on May 7, the Wood is one of the key preps before moving on to Louisville. Toby's Corner had spent the winter at Aqueduct, winning the Whirlaway S. Feb 5 and finishing third in the Grade 3 Gotham S. on March 5. Following a troubled trip in the Gotham, trainer Graham Motion added blinkers to the chestnut colt for the Wood.

The biggest obstacle in the Wood, however, was the 1-9 favorite Uncle Mo, last year's 2-year-old champion. And the favorite got to the lead early and set comfortable fractions for the first six furlongs of the 1 1/8 miles. Meanwhile, Toby's Corner was stuck in a tightly bunched pack along the rail near the back of the field. He had to check a couple of times around the final turn, but then angled out sharply by Eddie Castro as the field came into the stretch. Uncle Mo still had the lead at the furlong marker, but Toby's Corner was making his way through horses, passing the tiring frontrunner in deep stretch, then held off a late charge by Arthur's Tale to win by a neck in 1:49.43.

“Oh, I’m surprised," Motion said. "I couldn’t see a thing. I honestly couldn’t really see where he was until the eighth pole. At the eighth pole, he kind of re-broke, it looked to me, and Eddie just said he had a great trip on the rail. We always felt the mile and an eighth was going to be a big factor for this horse and Eddie’s really felt very strongly about how talented this horse is since the first time he rode him.”

With a start in the Derby looming, Motion said a run for the roses is in the plans. "We had never talked about (the Derby). The [owners] never mentioned it to me and I don’t think (Mrs. Cotter) even knew I’d nominated him early on. It’s pretty neat. We’re going, as long as he’s doing fine."

The $600,000 payday guarantees a spot in the Derby starting gate. The winnings ballooned the overall earnings for Toby's Corner to $722,240. He is now 4-0-2 in six starts and was bred in Florida by his owner Diane Cotter.

Zoebear's Illinois Derby

Zoebear ran a huge race on April 9 as well, finishing second in the 1 1/8 mile Illinois Derby. Like Toby's Corner, Zoebear came from near the back of the field with a strong finishing kick to get up for the place. Though still a maiden, Zoebear has now finished second on four different occasions, earning $89,844.

Zoebear was bred in Kentucky by Eureka Thoroughbreds. The dark bay is a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Concerto's Crown and the stakes winner Slew Motion. Owner William Stiritz purchased Zoebear from the 2009 Fasig-Tipton October Kentucky yearling sale. 
$300,000 colt tops exceptional Saturday at Keeneland for Fed Biz title=
Fed Biz

$300,000 colt tops exceptional Saturday at Keeneland for Fed Biz

Fed Biz had his top-priced yearling at auction this year on Saturday at Keeneland when a colt by the WinStar stallion went for $300,000...

[read more]

$525,000 Pioneerof the Nile colt tops Keeneland Saturday session title=
Pioneerof the Nile

$525,000 Pioneerof the Nile colt tops Keeneland Saturday session

Leading sire Pioneerof the Nile had the session topper Saturday at the Keeneland September Yearling sale when a colt by the WinStar stallion brought a winning bid of $525,000...

[read more]

Undefeated Artie Schiller filly wins first stakes start title=
Artie Schiller

Undefeated Artie Schiller filly wins first stakes start

Amy's Challenge won a spirited stretch-long battle with Mr. Jagermeister to win Saturday's $80,000 Shakopee Juvenile S. to give the 2-year-old daughter of Artie Schiller her first stakes win...

[read more]

Uni (GB) takes Sands Point S. (G2) for first graded stakes win title=
More Than Ready

Uni (GB) takes Sands Point S. (G2) for first graded stakes win

Uni's victory in Saturday's $400,000 Sands Point S. (G2) made the 3-year-old filly the 80th lifetime graded stakes winner for WinStar Farm's More Than Ready...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile's spectacular Thursday at Keeneland title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile's spectacular Thursday at Keeneland

Pioneerof the Nile had one of his best days of his illustrious stallion career Thursday at the Keeneland September Yearling sale when three separate juveniles surpassed the $700,000 mark...

[read more]

$750,000 filly new top at Keeneland for Distorted Humor title=
Distorted Humor

$750,000 filly new top at Keeneland for Distorted Humor

Distorted Humor, the number one broodmare sire of 2017, had his top yearling of the first four sessions of the Keeneland September Yearling sale on Thursday...

[read more]

First Fed Biz Keeneland yearling hammers for $150,000 title=
Fed Biz

First Fed Biz Keeneland yearling hammers for $150,000

Fed Biz's first yearling through the ring at the Keeneland September Yearling sale sold for 15 times his stud fee...

[read more]

Big numbers at Keeneland continue for Bodemeister title=
Bodemeister

Big numbers at Keeneland continue for Bodemeister

A $400,000 filly topped Bodemeister's returns Thursday at the Keeneland September Yearling sale...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile has top filly Wednesday at Keeneland title=
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile has top filly Wednesday at Keeneland

Pioneerof the Nile had the top-selling filly during the third day of the Keeneland September Yearling sale when Ruis Racing went to $825,000 to secure hip No. 672...

[read more]

Popular Bodemeister colt goes for $700,000 Wednesday at Keeneland title=
Bodemeister

Popular Bodemeister colt goes for $700,000 Wednesday at Keeneland

Bodemeister had his top yearling of 2017 on Wednesday at the Keeneland September sale when Shadwell Estate Co. went to $700,000 for the impeccably-bred colt...

[read more]