Strong Closer Suddenbreakingnews One to Watch in Belmont Stakes

Suddenbreakingnews is bound for the Belmont and will be fresh and ready to run when he breaks from the gate in the grueling 1 1/2 mile Belmont Stakes June 11.

The hard-charging fifth place Kentucky Derby finisher worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 May 23 in his first workout since the Derby. His running style and closing kick makes him one to watch when he saddles up for the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes with jockey Luis Quinonez aboard.

“It looks like with the way he ran in the Derby and with his pedigree the mile-and-a-half distance should suit him well,” trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said. “It’s one of the few mile-and-a-half races we have left in America so I think we need to go run in it. Pace is always an issue and we’ll have to see how that shapes up, but he can go a mile-and-a-half so we’ll do what we can do.”

Suddenbreakingnews finished second in the strong Arkansas Derby April 9 and has three wins and four places in nine career starts. His great-grandsire Seattle Slew won the 1977 Triple Crown. His two grandsires, A.P. Indy and Afleet Alex were both deprived of a Derby victory most people felt was theirs for the taking.

Suddenbreakingnews was unable to make front page news in the 1 ¼ mile Kentucky Derby despite his strong late kick. He was jammed up after the start and steadied early, but finished with a late burst after weaving through traffic to get fifth place. He’s a dead one-run closer, and he will join Exaggerator, Brody’s Cause and Cherry Wine as strong closers looking to cash in big in the Belmont. Suddenbreakingnews was farthest wide for the drive in the 1 1/8 mile Arkansas Derby, but closed hard and fast from seventh place in the stretch to finish second to Creator. The added Belmont distance to 1 ½ miles should be to his liking in a race that could become a war of attrition late.

Suddenbreakingnews is a classy racehorse with an explosive turn of foot out-that can out-close anyone down the stretch with a powerhouse of a move that has him flying at the end of every one of his races. His pedigree and past performances could help him prevail knowing he’s perhaps best prepared and able to get the added distance.

The big day of racing at Belmont June 11 will feature nine stakes races highlighted by the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.

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