Dwyer Stakes

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The Dwyer Stakes is an American Grade II stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred racehorses held annually at Belmont Park racetrack in Elmont, Long Island, New York. Run in early July, it is open to three-year-old horses and is raced over a distance of 1 1/16-miles on dirt. It currently offers offering a purse of $150,000.

Inaugurated in 1887 as the Brooklyn Derby at the now defunct Gravesend Race Track on Coney Island, in 1918 it was renamed for the Dwyer brothers, Mike & Phil, who dominated thoroughbred racing in the late 19th century. At one time, it was a Grade I stakes race that was a major part of the American Thoroughbred racing season. It was known as the Dwyer Handicap from 1957 to 1978.

Since inception, the race has been competed at various distances:
  • 1 <sup>1</sup>/<small>16</small> miles : 1887-1924, 1935–1939, 1994 to present
  • 1⅛ miles : 1888-1897, 1915–1924, 1935–1939, 1975–1993, 2010
  • 1 <sup>3</sup>/<small>16</small> miles : 1956-1959
  • 1¼ miles : 1910-1914, 1925, 1940–1955, 1960–1974
  • 1 <sup>5</sup>/<small>16</small> miles : 1925
  • 1½ miles : 1887, 1898–1909, 1926–1934


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In 1908 Fair Play was the first of three generations to win the Dwyer. His son, Man o' War, won it in 1920 and Man o' War's...
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