Big Chief Racing, Fizzy Racing, and Billy Shelton's Swipe, a good third in a June 26 allowance race in his first start since mid-April, wheels back off 13 days' rest for the $500,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. III) July 9 at Belmont Park.
The Dwyer, for 3-year-olds going one mile around one turn, is the second of six stakes on the Saturday program. It goes as race seven with a scheduled post time of 3:57 p.m. EDT.
Swipe, a Birdstone colt trained by Keith Desormeaux, last year finished second four consecutive times to eventual champion 2-year-old male Nyquist , including a runner-up finish in the Sentient Jet Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I). He finished sixth in his 2016 debut in the Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland and then had surgery to correct a breathing problem.
The $5,000 Keeneland yearling sale purchase has been based at Belmont for almost two months along with his stablemate, Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Exaggerator .
"He's good," Desormeaux assistant Julie Clark told New York Racing Association media officials. "His last race didn't take anything out of him. He slept the next morning, which is his normal routine anyway. He has been training really fantastic."
Trainer Chad Brown said the Dwyer is a good spot for Klaravich Stables' Economic Model, two-for-two at Belmont with wins in a one-mile entry-level allowance race May 4 and the Easy Goer Stakes at 1 1/16 miles around one turn June 11. The Flatter colt was second in the grade II Swale Stakes at Gulfstream Park earlier this year.
"He has been training well since the Easy Goer, and the Dwyer seems like the next logical spot for him," Brown said. "If he runs well, we could look at running back in Saratoga."
Also entered in the Dwyer is Southern Equine Stables' Laoban , a maiden who finished second in the Gotham Stakes (gr. III) in March, fourth in the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) in April, and sixth in the Preakness in May. Trained by Eric Guillot, the Uncle Mo colt will make his first one-turn start.
Belmont Park, Saturday, July 09, 2016, Race 7
- 3 yo
- 3:57 PM (local)
|1||1The Great Whiteway (KY)||Angel S. Arroyo||115||Naipaul Chatterpaul||30/1|
|2||2Tale of S'avall (KY)||Manuel Franco||115||Barclay Tagg||15/1|
|3||3Voluntario (KY)||Jose Lezcano||117||Rudy R. Rodriguez||8/1|
|4||4Laoban (KY)||John R. Velazquez||115||Eric J. Guillot||7/2|
|5||5Unbridled Outlaw (KY)||Jose L. Ortiz||115||Dale L. Romans||15/1|
|6||6Economic Model (KY)||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||121||Chad C. Brown||1/1|
|7||7Swipe (KY)||Kent J. Desormeaux||115||J. Keith Desormeaux||6/1|
|8||8Fish Trappe Road (NY)||Luis Saez||117||W. Bret Calhoun||8/1|