Robert LaPenta's The Cliff's Edge, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland and fifth in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) despite a rough trip in his last start, is scheduled to begin his second season at Belmont Park July 11 in the $150,000 Dwyer Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles.
The Dwyer, which will have its 87th running, originally was called the Brooklyn Derby, but it was renamed in 1918 in honor of Phil and Michael Dwyer, two brothers who were at the forefront of racing in the early 20th century. Last year's Dwyer was won by Strong Hope.
The Cliff's Edge, by Gulch
, was on the grounds at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness but trainer Nick Zito detected a problem with the colt's right front foot. He was scratched a day before the race, and has been training steadily for his return. Plans call for The Cliff's Edge to compete during the Saratoga meet.
The Cliff's Edge, bred in Kentucky by Stonerside Stable, won the Iroquois Stakes (gr. III) and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II), both at Churchill Downs, last year. He finished third in this year's Florida Derby (gr. I) before his victory at Keeneland.
Zito, who has won the Dwyer with Agincourt and Albert the Great, also entered Tracy Farmer's Sir Shackleton. The Miswaki
colt finished sixth in the Preakness but not that far behind second-place finisher Rock Hard Ten. The two Zito runners will be coupled.
Here's the field, in post-position order, with jockeys and weights:
1 Sir Shackleton Rafael Bejarano 121 pounds
2 Medallist Jorge Chavez 121
3 Shaniko John Velazquez 115
4 The Cliff's Edge Shane Sellers 123
5 Ecclesiastic Richard Migliore 115
6 Golden Look Edgar Prado 115
7 Preachinatthebar Jerry Bailey 121
The Dwyer, with a probable post time of 4:45 p.m. EDT, is the eighth race on the program.