Dwyer Stakes Has Rhythm--That’s Not All
The Dwyer Stakes will have Rhythm.
It also will have Profit Key, and it will have Graf and Chief Honcho, who appear to have been cast in supporting roles in the 1 1/8-mile race Saturday at Belmont Park.
Ogden Mills Phipps’ Rhythm, the 1989 champion 2-year-old who will be ridden by Craig Perrett, is fully recovered from throat surgery and will be seeking his third straight victory.
Joseph Allen’s Profit Key, who will be ridden by Jose Santos, has four wins and a second in five starts this year and will go into the $150,000-added Dwyer off a 6 1/2-length victory in the 1 1/8-mile Peter Pan at Belmont.
Rhythm and Profit Key each will carry 123 pounds. Graf, ridden by Angel Cordero, and Chief Honcho, ridden by Chris Antley, each will carry 114 pounds.
Rhythm ran poorly in his first two starts as a 3-year-old, then underwent surgery to correct a breathing problem. In his first start after the surgery, he finished fifth in the one-mile Gotham on April 7 at Aqueduct and was held out of the Triple Crown. He came back May 24 and won a seven-furlong allowance race at Belmont Park, then won the 1 1/8-mile Colon on the Belmont Stakes card June 9.
Profit Key was not nominated to the Triple Crown.
Graf finished fourth in the Colon, and Chief Honcho was fifth in the Peter Pan.