06/30/2012 6:43PM

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

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
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.

Honnimae More than 1 year ago
I don't Trust The B numbers anymore. I don't understand Do the Numbers people get Paid off by the Onwers/Trainers to Get there Charges High Numbers.... According the Numbers Zenyatta ran 80's andd (0's and in Two BCC. She ran by Horses that Had Multi 100 Figures.............. Royal Delta ran a Better Number that Ron the Greek and the Rest. Then Put her in the Fall Championship starting with the Woodward
Kalar Walters More than 1 year ago
O_O Wow!!! What a race!! 1 and 2 both fabulous!! Incredible times!!
Don Passidomo More than 1 year ago
Very impressive and gutsy stretch battle win for this guy n 109 too!
JoyJackson21 More than 1 year ago
What a great day at Belmont Park today. I had lots of fun watching all of the fireworks at this track today. The payouts were incredible all day long! Way to go! Teeth of the Dog ran a very fine race to get the win today. The exotics actually paid pretty well. Fast Falcon ran well and Morgan's Guerrilla was game most of the race and was able to hang on to third. A couple of horses just abruptly backed up and were eased. I hope they are okay. Teeth of the Dog earned a good rest today. He's run a lot of races in a short amount of time. He deserves a little vacation to freshen up for the next go round. Well done, Teeth of the Dog.
Fred Reardon More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to the the connections of this fine winner. It was a Grade - 2 victory, well earned. And that is all I have to say about that.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Yep, and this race came up better than the forecast for it. This IS a gutsy horse...
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Oh, and does anyone know who worked Union Rags last Wednesday?