The extraordinary Bellamy Road has taken the fast track to success.
At the races, he was a dominating stakes winner at two, and a once-in-a-lifetime runner at three. In winning the Wood Memorial (G1) by 17+lengths, he not only equaled the track record set by Hall of Fame champion Riva Ridge, he posted the highest Beyer Speed Figure ever for a 3-year-old prior to the Kentucky Derby - 120.
As a sire, Bellamy Road has traveled right the top. Sire of Wood Memorial (G1) winner and multiple 2012 Graded stakes performer Toby’s Corner ($928,240) from his first crop, and undefeated $125,000 stakes winner Chatfield Road and new 2013 stakes winner Legal Mind from his latest crop, he ranks among the top young stallions worldwide:
- America's #4 fourth crop sire of Graded SWs - 5
- Kentucky's #4 fourth crop sire of stakes winners – 13
- Kentucky's #6 third crop sire of 2012 winners- 63
- Bred to 192 mares in 2011 - 140 mares in 2012
One of the hallmarks of successful sires is their ability to improve their mares’ performance. Only one-third of all sires improve their mares, and Bellamy Road is in that elite group, improving his mares compared with other stallions bred to the same mares.
Bellamy Road is a tremendous commercial success as well. In 2013, his first two-year-old in training was purchased by Bob Baffert for $260,000. In 2012, his yearlings averaged $68,273, led by both six-figure colts and fillies. And in 2011, Bill Oppenheim selected him as one of just two "Value Sires" from all stallions in his siring crop.
Hall of Fame trainer Nick Zito has trained hundreds of stakes horses including two Kentucky Derby winners. He said: “The two best horses I ever trained were Unbridled's Song and Bellamy Road.”