09/05/2006 12:00AM

Bellamy Road to stand at Hurricane Hall


Grade 1 winner Bellamy Road will enter stud in 2007, becoming the first stallion to stand at Ben Walden Jr.'s new stallion venture, Hurricane Hall, near Georgetown, Ky.

Walden, the founder and former owner of Vinery, and his partners Brad Kelley, Pat Madden, and David Hanley purchased the historic farm last fall. Bellamy Road, who has not raced since injuring a splint bone in his right foreleg last summer, will be the first stallion on the roster and will have a fee of $10,000 for 2007.

Bellamy Road raced for George Steinbrenner's Kinsman Stable. He won the 1 1/8-mile Wood Memorial last year, equaling the track record of 1:47 and setting a stakes record. That performance earned him a 120 Beyer Speed Figure, and he went into the Kentucky Derby as the favorite, but he injured his left foreleg in that race and finished seventh behind Giacomo.

Bellamy Road also won the Grade 3 Cradle Stakes in 2004. In his final race, the 2005 Travers, he finished second behind Flower Alley. Bred in Florida by Dianne Cotter, Bellamy Road retires with a lifetime record of 7-4-1-0 and $811,400 in earnings.

Walden, now president of Hurricane Hall as well as owner of Gracefield near Lexington, said that Bellamy Road will be syndicated.

"Breeders in recent years have essentially been shut out of owning equity in the very stallions they support and ultimately make," Walden said. "Hurricane Hall looks forward to including them in our future. Also, Mr. Steinbrenner will retain shares in Bellmay Road and support him with the Kinsman mares."