Dwyer Stakes 2014 Contenders & Odds

Dave Bond | OTB Writer
Updated: July 2, 2014 -- 4:30 PM ET

Las Vegas, NV - The Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes comes our way from Belmont Park in Elmont, New York this Saturday, July 5. A purse of $200,000 will be on the line for three year olds willing to go 1 1/16 miles on Belmont Park's dirt track.

The Dwyer Stakes has attracted a small field of just six to go in race 4 on Belmont Park's Saturday schedule. Post time is 2:56 PM. Let's take a glance into the past performances of all sex entries for this Grade 3 stakes.

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2014 Dwyer Stakes Race Favorite Entries

Kid Cruz - Linda Rice trainee is coming off a nice win on this track - by 3 and a quarter lengths the minor Easy Goer at this distance here June 7 after an eighth in the Preakness and two straight minor stakes wins - in his stakes debut - the minor Private Terms Stakes at Laurel Park March 8 and in the Federico Tesio Stakes at Pimlico April 19. The streak came after a second in an Allowance and a Maiden Claiming score November 22. Irad Ortiz will be in the saddle of the 121 pound top weight from the inside post. He is the fields' top earner and the expected favorite Saturday.

Tiz Dark - Todd Pletcher trained colt has just two career starts with a win and a second place finish. He broke maiden last time out on this track by an impressive 6 one quarter lengths May 25 after a second in a similar race on that same track May 4. He makes his stakes debut in good form Saturday with John Velazquez guiding him. Tiz Dark comes with a lot of hype - let's see if he can deliver.

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Captain Serious - Michael Hushion pupil has just three career starts with three wins - all as favorite. He made his stakes debut last time out and recorded an impressive win in this track - the minor Mike Lee Stakes after an Allowance score April 26 and a MSW win at first asking April 5. He looks ready for his graded stakes debut in his first try beyond seven furlongs and will have Jose Ortiz in the reins from gate 4.

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Ulanbator - Ian Wilkes trainee has a win, a second and two third place finishes in six career starts and is coming off a good second in his stakes debut - behind Tapiture the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes at 9-1 odds at Churchill Downs June 14. Before that was a third in an Allowance Optional Claiming in May and a MSW score at Gulfstream in March. He has placed in his last three starts overall and looks OK ahead of this weekend. Julie Leparoux gets the call from post 3.

Spot - Nick Zito trained gelding has two wins and a second place finish in nine career starts but has failed to place in his last three starts. Last time out was a ninth in the Grade 2 Woody Stephens after a sixth in the Grade 3 Derby Trial and a seventh in the Grade 1 Florida Derby. He did have a career-defining win four back at seven furlongs - in upset fashion in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes but hasn't looked all that great lately. Jose Lezcano gets the call from post 2.

Gaining Ground - has eight career starts with two wins, a second and a third place finish and is coming off a very disappointing sixth in the minor Calder Derby April 5. Before that was two straight wins - an Allowance at Calder March 21 and a Maiden Claiming at Gulfstream in February. He makes his graded stakes debut Saturday looking to bounce back from an ugly stakes debut. Corey Lanerie gets the call from the outside post.


2014 Dwyer Stakes Entries & Odds

Race 4 on Belmont Park's Saturday card with a Post Time of 2:56 PM.

Entry Horse Jockey Trainer ML Odds
1 Kid Cruz I. Ortiz, Jr. L. Rice
8-5
1A Captain Serious J. Ortiz M. Hushion
8-5
2 Spot J. Lezcano N. Zito
12-1
3 Ulanbator J. Leparoux I. Wilkes
6-1
4 Tiz Dark J. Velazquez T. Pletcher
6-5
5 Gaining Ground C. Lanerie M. Wilson
30-1

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