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Dominus wires field in G2 Dwyer


Saturday, July 02, 2011

Dominus, co-owned by Spendthrift Farm, along with Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton, went gate to wire to win the $150,000 Dwyer S. (G2) by 1 3/4-lengths at Belmont Park on July 2.

Dominus was very confidently ridden by Julien Leparoux thoroughout the 1 1/16 mile contest for 3-year-olds. Breaking very sharply, Dominus was on top by 1 1/2-lengths after a quarter mile in a modest :24.28 seconds. He maintained that advantage until hitting the stretch, when Leparoux shook the reins and opened up a three length lead a the furlong marker. There was little doubt from that point as Leparoux kept to the task to finish the trip in 1:41.74 over a fast track.

“Very nice," Leparoux said. "Looking on paper, it seemed like we were going to have some speed in there. I thought maybe we would sit behind it, but they kind of left me alone the first part and he relaxed well for me and finished up very nice. He’s a very nice horse.”

"Hopefully this is just a steppingstone to big things," winning trainer Steve Asmussen said. "We had planned on running him a couple of weeks ago, but had a little issue with a foot and missed some time. He stepped up (today). It was a nice field, and he’ll ship from here to Saratoga the next day or two. Obviously, with the 3-year-old races that are left, we think we are in good shape. It’s an extremely wide-open year.”

Dominus, who upped his earnings to $175,829, is now 2-2-0 in four starts. He was beaten just a neck in the Derby Trial (G3) last time out.

Virginia-bred Dominus is out of the Lord At War mare Cuando, a three-time stakes winner of nearly $330,000. She has produced five winners besides the Dwyer winner.
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