Wood Memorial winner Bellamy Road had his first starter and winner in the second race at Hollywood Park on May 19. The stallion’s daughter Bella Palooza won the 4 1/2 furlong race, which was a maiden claiming event for a tag of $40,000. The filly won her debut by 1 3/4 lengths in :52.39 and was the odds-on favorite. She was not claimed.
Out of the stakes-placed Cat Thief mare Steal the Show, Bella Palooza was bred in Kentucky by Secret Whispers Partnership. Bella Palooza had sold to Pablo Suarez for $32,000 at the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training.
Bellamy Road, a big and rangy horse with immense scope and bone, became one of the hottest Kentucky Derby prospects of the past decade with his dominating victory in the Wood by 17 1/2 lengths. Although he never quite reproduced that exceptional effort (and its corresponding 120 Beyer Speed Figure), Bellamy Road ran second in the G1 Travers, which also prove to be the horse’s last start.
The 8-year-old horse by Concerto out of Hurry Home Hillary, by Deputed Testamony, stands at Ben Walden’s Pauls Mill in Woodford County, Kentucky, for a fee of $10,000 live foal.