06/30/2012 5:43PM

Belmont Park: Teeth of the Dog turns back Fast Falcon in Dwyer Stakes

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Teeth of the Dog wins the Grade 2 Dwyer Stakes by a neck over Fast Falcon.

ELMONT, N.Y. – Gutsy stakes wins by Michael Matz-trained 3-year-olds are becoming routine around here, after Teeth of the Dog ($4) came again for a hard-fought decision over Fast Falcon in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Dwyer Stakes.

Coming off a win in the Easy Goer Stakes a few hours before his more-heralded stablemate Union Rags won the Belmont Stakes, Teeth of the Dog was in front early in the Dwyer under Joel Rosario, but acquiesced as Morgan’s Guerrilla was hustled up along the rail down the backstretch to grab the lead.

Teeth of the Dog pressed lively fractions from close range in the two-path, poked a head in front through six furlongs in a rapid 1:09.91, and turned back a stiff challenge from stretch-running Fast Falcon to prevail by a short neck after 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.34 on a fast main track.

“He’s a pretty darn game horse, that’s for sure,” Matz said. “This is a class horse. We’ll look at the Jim Dandy or the West Virginia Derby, something like that. He’s run three races in six weeks, so we’re going to give him a little bit of a break right now.”

Morgan’s Guerrilla faded to third, six lengths farther back. Zetterholm finished fourth after showing surprising early speed. Unstoppable U was eased turning for home. Monarchic was pulled up on the turn.