Bellamy reaches $2 million
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"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)