1997 Dwyer Stakes

A new star raced into the 3-year-old picture at Belmont Park yesterday, when Behrens won the Dwyer Stakes and extended his baby winning streak to three races and ended the winning streak of Banker's Gold at four. A son of Pleasant Colony, Behrens won his first two races by a combined margin of almost eight lengths, and, although he had raced only twice in six months, dazzled people with his speed in workouts. This time, he flashed his speed in a stakes race, roaring from fifth place to second at the head of the homestretch and blowing into the lead and widening it to 1 1/4 lengths over Glitman, who had 7 lengths on the favorite, Banker's Gold. ''He's just an outstanding horse, and he keeps proving it to us,'' said James Bond, who trains Behrens. ''The scary thing is that he's still only learning to run.'' Behrens did not race last year at 2, made his debut at Gulfstream Park in Florida in January, won again at Belmont in May and confronted Banker's Gold yesterday in the Dwyer. It is an 80-year-old race that has been won by superstars like Man o' War and Native Dancer, and it seemed likely that Banker's Gold might make it a milestone in his career. But, with Eddie Maple in the saddle, he stalked the fast pace set by Glitman and Smokin Mel, and could not overtake them in the stretch. Meanwhile, Behrens, carrying five fewer pounds, bided his time under Jerry Bailey and swept home. Behrens ran the mile and a sixteenth in 1 minute 42 1/5 seconds, paid $5.90 for $2 to win ...

 

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