Tom Bellhouse is the Chief Operating Officer. His primary responsibilities are to coordinate West Point Thoroughbreds’ operations throughout the East, including the New York, Mid-Atlantic, and Florida Circuits.
Bellhouse is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oswego with a BS in Business Administration and currently resides in Saratoga Springs, NY.
Prior to joining WPT in 2008, he spent nine years in the automotive industry as a Sales Director for a division of Chrysler.
TB Fun Facts
- An extremely passionate lifelong racing fan, Bellhouse was an owner with WPT for over six years (Bid For Silver, Precocious Penny, Post Exchange).
- Tommy is the grandson of the late Francis Bellhouse, a leading steeplechase rider and trainer in the East in the 1930’s, 40’s & 50’s.
- Not surprising to those who know him, Bellhouse owned and operated “Excuses,” a neighborhood pub, for ten years in Oswego, NY.
- Oldest of three children (two sisters- Sue & Karen) and proud uncle of four nieces and two nephews… all of which reside in suburban Chicago.
Questions I’m always asked: “How did you get your crazy passion/obsession for horse racing?” and “How did you get your job?”
Answering the first question is easy…
a. Grow up on Long Island with your Grandmother’s house being only 2 miles and an “N-6” bus down Hempstead Turnpike from Belmont Park on Long Island.
b. Have a next door neighbor who loves the trotters and will let a young teenager tag along for company to Roosevelt & Yonkers when his wife won’t go.
c. Idolize your bartender/horseplayer Grandfather who could pour drinks and savage a “tele” (what they used to call the DRF) with the best of them.
d. Take horseback riding lessons in the hope of being the next Steve Cauthen (yeah, I know, a bit crazy considering my current girth).
e. Be introduced to thoroughbred racing during the incredible 1970’s and have your first in-person Belmont Stakes be the 1978 Classic – Alydar vs. Affirmed – then have the opportunity to see many of the all-time greats (Seattle Slew, Forego, Exceller, Spectacular Bid, Coastal, Cox’s Ridge) race at Belmont Park.
f. “Uncle Pete” – enough said. Every young horse lover/handicapper needs an “Uncle Pete.” Going back to the 1978 Belmont Stakes, it should be mentioned that while I was 14 and watching the race with Uncle Pete outside the third-floor Clubhouse, we were both “Alydar Guys,” maybe a bit of foreshadowing of how both of our (mine & Uncle Pete’s) gambling careers would progress.
g. and last but not least… have wonderful parents (Tom & Marion) who would only let me go to the races if I got straight “A”s. (Bribery at its finest!)
As for the second question, “How did you get your job?”
– Never, ever take a career position where the lead question is “What’s the least amount of money that you can live off of?”