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Uncle Mo - (2nd right) rounds the first bend in the Juvenile

Juvenile winner Uncle Mo (2nd right) was beaten in the Wood Memorial

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Bellamy Road enjoys a major first crop booster

Aqueduct: Resorts World New York Casino Wood Memorial Stakes (Grade 1) 1m1f, dirt, 3yo

TOBY'S CORNER (c Bellamy Road-Brandon's Ride by Mister Frisky)

Breeder: Dianne D Cotter

SantaAnita: Santa Anita Derby (Grade 1), 1m 1f, dirt, 3yo

MIDNIGHT INTERLUDE (c War Chant-Midnight Kiss by Groom Dancer)

Breeder: Arnold Zetcher

KENTUCKY-based Bellamy Road had a day to remember with his first crop of three-year-olds when Toby's Corner emulated his sire by winning the Wood Memorial. 

Bellamy Road, who stands at Pauls Mill farm for a fee of $10,000, also sired Zoebear, the second home in the Grade 3 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. A son of the Chief's Crown horse Concerto, Bellamy Road won the Wood Memorial by 17 1/2 lengths in 2005. That earned him favouritism for the Kentucky Derby but he could only finish seventh to Giacomo, wearing the same owner/breeder colours of Dianne Cotter as Toby's Corner.

Toby's Corner has a distinctive female line in that his first three dams were unraced, although he has a three-parts brother, Bushmills Best (by Concerto),  who won the Listed Ocala Breeders Sales Championship.

Runner-up Arthur's Tale is a Darley-owned son of Bernardini who was part of its purchase of the Stone Farm empire. Third home was the heavly odds-on Uncle Mo, by Indian Charlie.

On a day of surprises, another home-bred big race trial winner came in the Santa Anita Derby via Midnight Interlude, a son of War Chant and the New Zealand Oaks third Midnight Kiss, by Groom Dancer. She hails from the family of Oaks winner Jet Ski Lady.

Tiznow adds to Group 1 haul

Morning Line's success in the Carter Handicap at Aqueduct gave his sire Tiznow an 11th Grade 1 success.

A $700,000 yearling purchase bred by Dell Ridge Farm, Morning Line is testament to the broodmare sire abilities of the just retired AP Indy. His second dam November Snow was a dual Grade 1 winner at Saratoga.




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