07/02/2011 2:49PM

Indiana Downs: My Bellamy trying turf in First Lady


My Bellamy will try the turf for the first time when she heads a full field of 12 Indiana-bred 3-year-old fillies in the $84,000 The Indiana First Lady at Indiana Downs on Tuesday evening.

Trainer Bob Gorham entered Perfectly Candid also, but whether she runs is a day to day decision according to Gorham.

“We ran her in the Florence Henderson prep, and the plan was to run her against older horses, I am just not sure if I want to do that or not.” Gorham said.

My Bellamy comes into the Indiana First Lady off an impressive win in the allowance prep June 21. A daughter of Bellamy Road, she won by 8 1/4 impressive lengths going a mile and 70 yards on the main track.

“I would have liked to have seen it on the turf as it was scheduled, but it was weather-related and there was nothing anybody could do about it.” Gorham said. My Bellamy has won at two turns, and Gorham is not concerned with the switch to the turf.

“I think she will take to the turf just fine. We don’t know so much on the Bellamy Road side, but her mother was a turf horse and won several races on the turf.”

The race is scheduled to be run a flat mile over the Indiana turf course

Gorham has seen much improvement in his charge this year.

“She really improved between her 2-year-old and 3-year-old seasons, she has matured and really come around. She is training great, and I expect a big race from her.” Fernando Cruz retains the mount.

Dreamin Big also comes into the event off an impressive win in her last outing. Trained by Michael Lauer, Dreamin Big won a second-level statebred allowance event against older horses June 22 by 9 1/4 lengths going 5 1/2 furlongs. Lauer is not concerned that his filly has never been on the turf or two turns. “She is bred for the turf and she will relax and come from off the pace so I think she will be fine.” Lauer said. Freddie Lenclud will retains the mount. Dreamin Big will be coupled with On Z Run, a turf winner in her last out.