Indiana Horse Racing Commission

Suddenbreakingnews On Track for Belmont Stakes

Suddenbreakingnews (Photo by Coady Photography)

Suddenbreakingnews (Photo by Coady Photography)

Samuel F. Henderson’s Suddenbreakingnews, fifth in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1), began serious preparation for the June 11 Belmont Stakes (G1) with a five-furlong breeze in 1:00.60 at Churchill Downs on Monday with Joe Rocco Jr. in the irons.

“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 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.”

Bred in Kentucky, Suddenbreakingnews spent his 2-year-old season at Remington Park in Oklahoma City where he won the Clever Trevor Stakes and finished second in the Remington Springboard Mile Stakes. He kicked off his 3-year-old campaign with a victory in the Southwest Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn and then finished second in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1).

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