Dwyer Stakes Draws Field of Six
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Thu 03/07/2014 - 15:23 EDT
Up and coming three-year-olds will take center stage in the $200,000 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday. The Grade 3 contest is run at a mile and a sixteenth and serves as a key prep for the sophomore stakes at Saratoga later in the summer.
The morning line favorite at 8-5 is Tiz Dark, a lightly-raced son of Tiznow for trainer Todd Pletcher. The bay colt will have John Velazquez in the irons and will carry the colors of Starlite Stables. Out of a half sister to the brilliant Cross Traffic, the promising colt broke his maiden in his second career start by 6 3/4 lengths and will try winners for the first time.
Kid Cruz tries to continue momentum
Second choice at 2-1 is Kid Cruz, a three-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid who rebounded off of a dismal performance in the Preakness Stakes with an impressive score in the Easy Goer Stakes on the Belmont Stakes Day undercard. Irad Ortiz, Jr. will be back aboard for trainer Linda Rice and the pair will break on the rail.
New York-bred colt tackles open company
Also in the field of six is the undefeated Captain Serious, tabbed at 7-2 on the morning line. Trained by Michael Hushion and ridden by Jose Ortiz in all three starts, the New York-bred son of Successful Appeal earned the first stakes win of his career in the Mike Lee Stakes las time out against restricted state-bred competition. The Dwyer will be his first start around two turns and first try against open company.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.