Dwyer Day

Regular followers of New York racing might expect to see the Peter Pan, a traditional prep for the Belmont Stakes, this week; instead, they’ll be seeing the Grade II Dwyer.  Because neither the State of New York nor New York City Off-Track Betting has managed to meet its financial obligations to the New York Racing…

Man o’ War vs. John P. Grier in the Dwyer

Some oft-told stories bear repeating, and as we head to a stakes-laden Fourth of July card at Belmont, the 1920 Dwyer comes to mind as one of those races whose story deserves to be told, yet again. On July 10th, 1920, Samuel Riddle’s once-beaten Man o’ War faced off against the only colt said to…

Ogygian: 1986 Dwyer winner

It’s tempting this morning, the day of the Dwyer Stakes for three-year-olds at Belmont, to hearken back to the epic 1920 running of the race, in which John P. Grier challenged Man O’ War for the lead, headed him at the eighth pole, and eventually gave way in what the New York Times then called…