The Dwyer marked the first graded stakes victory for jockey Jose Ortiz, 19, and came two days after his brother, Irad Ortiz, Jr., won the Grade 3 Poker aboard King Kreesa.
“He won very good last time,” said Jose Ortiz of Moreno. “I worked him twice and he worked pretty good.”
Moreno was winless in nine starts in California before he came to New York along with stablemate Salutos Amigos.
“This horse has done amazing since we have been here,” said John Daley, assistant to winning trainer Eric Guillot.
Owned by Michael Moreno’s Southern Equine Stables, Moreno has earned $215,440, including $120,000 for his Dwyer win.
Jon Forbes New Wins Record
Trainer David Jacobson broke the record for wins during a Belmont Park spring/summer meet when Abra captured Sunday’s sixth race.
With Abra’s victory, Jacobson has won 41 races during the 56-day spring/summer meet, which began April 26 and ends on July 14. Trainer Todd Pletcher won 40 races in 2003.
“It’s very rewarding,” said Jacobson. “What more can I say? I’m very fortunate to be here and have my horses run as well as they are. This isn’t supposed to happen - we’re a claiming outfit, mostly, so we’re supposed to do well at Aqueduct, not at Belmont during the spring and summer. But this gives our whole outfit momentum going into Saratoga.”
Jacobson, a son of trainer Howard “Buddy” Jacobson, trained from 1976-1982 and returned to the sport in 2007. He has won six NYRA meet titles and finished 2012 tied atop the leader board with 110 wins at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.