06/09/2011 1:53PM

Indiana Downs: Bellamy Jones back with 3-year-olds in Snack


Bellamy Jones returns to the statebred ranks and horses of his own age for the $84,000 Snack on Saturday at Indiana Downs. The 3-year-old Bellamy Jones will face eight others in the six-furlong race.

His trainer, Bob Gorham, has three of the nine entrants in the Snack, but his filly My Bellamy was cross entered in the Ellen’s Lucky Star, which was to be run Friday.

Bellamy Jones won 2 of 3 starts last season, including the Indiana Breeders Futurity on Oct. 2 to wrap up his 2010 campaign. In his first out this season, in a third-level allowance against older statebred horses on April 29, Bellamy Jones chased blazing early fractions before tiring to finish sixth. In his most recent outing, May 16, Bellamy Jones led in an open allowance event against his elders before finishing second to Kingofthebluegrass, a winner in his next out as well. The race was scheduled to be run on the turf, but was switched to the dirt and run at a mile and 70 yards.

The turn back in distance should also be a benefit as Gorham wins at an 18 percent clip with that angle.
Fernando De La Cruz retains the mount.

Do Dat Tune, a maiden winner locally April 19, is the third part of the Gorham entry.

Ellenberger Park finished behind Bellamy Jones in all three races they faced each other in last season. He looks to have rounded into form for trainer Mike Lauer this season. In his last out, May 28, Ellenberger Park finished second, beaten three-quarters of a length in a second-level statebred allowance going a mile. Chris Emigh retains the mount