NEW YORK, JULY 3 -- Gone West took an early lead and won his first race in nearly two months, a 12 1/2-length triumph in the $230,400 Dwyer Stakes for 3-year-olds today at Belmont Park.

Carrying Eddie Maple and 123 pounds, Gone West covered 1 1/8 miles on a good track in 1:48 2/5 for his first victory since the May 6 Withers Stakes at Belmont. After that, he was second in the Peter Pan Stakes and sixth in the Belmont Stakes, ending trainer Woody Stephens' string of Belmont victories at five.

Today, Gone West, the 11-to-10 favorite, held off an early challenge from Polish Navy and drew away in the stretch to win easily. Pledge Card, ridden by Angel Cordero Jr., took second place by a half-length over Polish Navy and jockey Randy Romero.

K.C.'s Best Turn, Jazzing Around and Simply Majestic completed the order of finish. Jazzing Around raced as an entry with Pledge Card.

Gone West earned $138,240 for Hickory Tree Stable with his fifth victory in 10 starts this year. He returned $4.20, $2.60 and $2.10; the Pledge Card entry paid $3.20 and $2.10, and Polish Navy returned $2.20.

"We will aim for the Travers and maybe run in the Jim Dandy to get a race over the {Saratoga} track," Stephens said.