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Bellamy reaches $2 million

March 09, 2010

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Well traveled and focused trainer Ryan Bellamy, 25, is taking in stride the news that he's just surpassed $2 million in career earnings.
"That's a nice number to accomplish at my age but I've already been at it long enough to know the valleys are out there and they seem to come more often than the peaks do," Bellamy said in a live TV trackside interview before the Monday evening program at the Isle Casino Racing Pompano Park. "I will say, by remaining a small stable operator, that's the business model that's working well for me."
With 395 lifetime training wins to his credit, Bellamy credits his dad Bob with getting him started around the horses about 15 years ago at the start of a successful eight year run in Chicago when campaigning with Rod Allums. Ryan made the decision as a teenager that driving was not for him and in 2003 he set out to operate his own stable.
His current stable stalwart, 9-year-old gelding Tuffery N, stepped to a second straight win at the Isle last Saturday night. By keeping his stable size down to nine horses or less this meet, Bellamy has been carrying a lofty UTR hovering above .400 for the 2009-2010 meet in South Florida.

"Tuffery N is a horse that had a poor start to the meet here and he was just terrible in the turns," Bellamy explained. "We made some shoeing changes and the last two starts were down in class so we hope his confidence is back up again. My girlfriend, Gina Parisi, is really the hardest working person in our operation and when we ship north by March 24 we'll look to get back up to a stable size of about 12 horses again."

When not at Pompano, Bellamy resides in Crown Point, Ind., and when there his charges are often in the entry box at Balmoral Park. He's certainly well traveled at this early career stage with campaigns at the Meadowlands, Yonkers and Windsor in addition to the Chicago tracks, Indiana and Florida. The summer season this year will see Bellamy focusing his efforts on the Indiana circuit at Hoosier Park and Indianapolis.

On the Wednesday evening, March 10, program at the Isle, Bellamy has an unsually busy night with three of his charges in to go, including claiming pacers CG's Power Punch and Legal Option and claiming trotter Grit Your Teeth.

This is looming as his best career year to date with a slate of 36-11-6-4 for over $37,000 since Jan. 1.

"It's going to be hard, make that almost impossible, to keep winning with almost a third of my starters but I have great owners that let me classify the horses where they can do the most good," Bellamy says. "I've seen the bigger tracks in New York and New Jersey up north and raced there and at this stage, I've decided they're not for me. This first winter in Florida has been just great although I'm sort of dreading running into snow when shipping up north later this month. It would be just great to return to Florida again in October." (Pompano Park)

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