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 prior to the Kentucky Derby - 120.
As a sire, Bellamy Road has traveled right the top. Sire of Wood Memorial (G1) winner Toby’s Corner ($928,240) from his first crop and the 2013 Fasig-Tipton July Sale Topping Colt ($420,000) from his current yearling crop, he ranks among the top young stallions worldwide:
- Second highest average at FTK July 2013 - $191,667
- America's #3 fourth crop sire of stakes winners – 16
- America's #4 fourth crop sire of Graded SWs - 6
- Bred 436 mares his last three seasons (2011-2013) combined
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, both as a General Sire and as a Sire of Two-Year-Olds.
Bellamy Road is a tremendous commercial success as well. In 2013, his two-year-olds in training averaged $91,000, led by a $260,000 filly purchased by Bob Baffert. His 2013 yearlings are led by the top-priced colt at FTK July, a $420,000 beauty purchased by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill. Bill Oppenheim selected Bellamy Road in 2011 as one of just two "Value Sires" 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.”