Jump to: navigation, search

Dwyer Brothers Stable

Dwyer Brothers Stable
Former type Horse breeding/Racing Stable
Industry Thoroughbred Horse racing
Founded 1876
Defunct 1890 (dissolved)
Headquarters Brooklyn, New York,
United States
Key people Owners:
Philip J. & Michael F. Dwyer
Trainers:
Evert Snedecker
(1876-1878)
James G. Rowe, Sr.
(1879-1885)
Frank McCabe
(1885-1890)

Dwyer Brothers Stable was an American thoroughbred horse racing operation owned by Brooklyn, New York businessmen, Phil and Mike Dwyer.

The Dwyer brothers hired trainer Evert Snedecker and purchased their first Thoroughbred, Rhadamanthus, in 1876. In October of that same year they acquired Vigil from Col. David McDaniel who to that point had earned $5630. In the ensuing few months of 1876 the colt won another $20,160 and has been chosen that year's retrospective American Champion Three-Year-Old Male Horse. [1]

Other trainers who worked for the Dwyers were James G. Rowe, Sr. and Frank McCabe. The Dwyers won the 1881 Kentucky Derby with future U.S. Hall of Fame colt, Hindoo and finished second with Runnymede the following year. However, they had their greatest racing success in the Belmont Stakes in their hometown, winning the classic event five times. One of the few major races at tracks in the New York/New Jersey area that they never won was the Brooklyn Handicap. [2]

The brothers, either together or individually, owned a number of prominent horses including Hindoo, Bramble, Bella B., Luke Blackburn, Bonnie Scotland, George Kinney, Miss Woodford, Barnes, Hanover, Raceland, Tremont, Ben Brush, and Cleophus. Mike Dwyer was a partner in Kingston. [3]

In 1886 they were a key part of the group of investors who formed the Brooklyn Jockey Club and built the Gravesend Race Track at Gravesend on Coney Island. The brothers racing partnership was dissolved in 1890 [4] and Mike Dwyer went on to enjoy further success. He won the Kentucky Derby for the second time in 1896 with Ben Brush, ridden by jockey Willie Simms.

The Dwyer's were owners who, like many others of that era, pushed their horses hard in a manner that would be unacceptable today.

The Brooklyn Derby, founded in 1887, was renamed the Dwyer Stakes in their honor in 1918.

Contents

Dwyer Brothers U.S. Champions (retrospective)

Dwyer Brothers Stable major race wins

Kentucky Derby

Preakness Stakes

  • 1899 : Half Time

Belmont Stakes

  • 1883 : Sir Dixon
  • 1886 : Inspector B.
  • 1887 : Panique
  • 1888 : George Kinney

Travers Stakes

  • 1881 : Hindoo
  • 1883 : Barnes
  • 1886 : Inspector B.
  • 1888 : Sir Dixon
  • 1890 : Sir John



Share

Premier Equine Classifieds

Subscribe

Subscribe to our newsletter and keep abreast of the latest news, articles and information delivered directly to your inbox.

Did You Know?

Modern horse breeds developed in response to a need for "form to function", the necessity to develop certain physical characteristics in order to perform a certain type of work... More...


The Gypsy Cob was originally bred to be a wagon horse and pulled wagons or caravans known as Vardos; a type of covered wagon that people lived in... More...


Archaeological evidence indicates that the Arabian horse bloodline dates back 4,500 years. Throughout history, Arabian horses spread around the world by both war and trade.... More...


That the term "Sporthorse" is a term used to describe a type of horse rather than any particular breed... More...