Kid Cruz draws rail in Dwyer
Updated: July 3, 2014, 1:09 PM ETBy Jack Shinar | Bloodhorse.com
Kid Cruz, overpowered in the Preakness this spring but a sparkling winner last time out in the Easy Goer, returns to Belmont Park in the $200,000 Dwyer Stakes July 5. Six are entered in the Dwyer, with Kid Cruz drawing the rail and the top weight assignment of 121 pounds, six more than each of his rivals. The one-turn, 1 1/16-mile event for 3-year-olds, race 4 with a tentative post time of 2:56 p.m. EDT, is the first of five graded stakes on Saturday's Belmont Park Independence Day weekend program. A Grade 2 race since 1989 (it was a grade I from 1983-88), the Dwyer was reduced a grade for this year's renewal. Kid Cruz was piloted by Irad Ortiz Jr. to a sharp off-the-pace score by 3 ¼ lengths in the 1 1/16-mile Easy Goer June 7 for trainer Linda Rice and owners Vina Del Mar Thoroughbreds and Black Swan Stable. He returns to the same track and distance in the Dwyer and will have Ortiz aboard once again.
DWYER STAKES DRAW
|1||Kid Cruz||Ortiz Jr.|