Bellamy Road has been sidelined again by injury.

The beaten Kentucky Derby favorite, owned by New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, is out for the year with an injured right front foot suffered after finishing second in the Travers Stakes on Aug. 27.

The injury, a popped splint (bone), is similar to the one Bellamy Road had in his left front leg after finishing seventh in the Derby and knocked the 3-year-old colt out of action for 31/2 months, according to a news release issued at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Trained by Nick Zito, Bellamy Road became the Derby darling off his astounding 171/2-length victory in the Wood Memorial in track-record equaling time.

"Everything's not maturing as quickly as it could be," Kinsman racing manager Ed Sexton told the Daily Racing Form. "The injury's very minute, but it's time-consuming. . . . He'll be a heck of a 4-year-old."

* AUTO RACING: NASCAR penalized reigning Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr. for using an obscene gesture in Richmond last week.

Truex was side-by-side with Mike Wallace late in Friday night's race at Richmond International Raceway when Wallace pinched Truex into the wall. The contact tipped Truex's car onto its right side, where it traveled around part of the track on just two tires.

Truex flashed an obscene gesture at Wallace twice, which were caught on television.

Truex was fined $10,000, docked 25 points and placed on probation through the end of the season. Teresa Earnhardt was penalized 25 car owner points for the infraction.

The punishment cuts Truex's lead in the Busch Series standings to 69 points over Clint Bowyer with seven races left this season. . . .

The Indy Racing League will cut eight weeks and three events from its schedule in 2006, move its race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., to the week after the Indianapolis 500 and finish the season for the first time at Chicagoland Speedway.

The league is dropping races at California Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway and Pikes Peak International Raceway, leaving a 14-race schedule. Other races, including one or more of the three left off next year's schedule, could be added later, IRL President Brian Barnhart said.

-- From News Services