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Suddenbreakingnews Explodes onto Kentucky Derby Trail

Suddenbreakingnews Explodes onto Kentucky Derby Trail: The Road to the Kentucky Derby traveled through Arkansas once again, this time, the Southwest Stakes was the popular stop for promising three-year-old colts and geldings hoping to collect the final set of 10-4-2-1 points before the stakes were raised and the races would get more difficult. The Southwest Stakes is run around two turns, going 1 1/16 miles over the dirt. This year, a gelding bred to be long striding and classic won the race and has not jumped to the forefront of everyone’s minds with his move in the stretch.


Samuel Henderson’s Suddenbreakingnews made headlines Monday when he rallied from last in the 14-horse field to win the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) by 2 ¾ lengths over Whitmore in front of a Presidents’ Day crowd of an estimated 22,500. He completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 over a track rated good after overnight rain. Photo: Benoit

Suddenbreakingnews is new to the Triple Crown trail. He has races exclusively at Remington Park before the Southwest Stakes. The well-bred gelding made a last to first move in his first start at Oaklawn, winning over two promising horses in Whitmore and American Dubai. While the pace in the Southwest was honest for these horses, it was not insanely fast that most closers need to make a move like Suddenbreakingnews did. This Mineshaft gelding has a lot to look forward to.

The colt is by top stallion, Mineshaft, a son of A.P. Indy who stands at Lanes End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky. Mineshaft currently stands for $25,000 at the Kentucky farm. The stallion has 40 stakes winners to his credit, including Discreetly Mine, Dialed In, It’s Tricky, and Effinex. In 2015, his top selling yearling went for $485,000 at Keeneland in their September sale. Mineshaft was Champion Older Male and Horse of the Year in 2003, where he strung together victories in the Suburban, Woodward, and Jockey Club Gold Cup. He also has the Pimlico Special, Ben Ali, and New Orleans Handicap on his resume for the year. He also boasted second place finished in the Whirlaway Handicap and the Stephen Foster. He never finished worse than second while in the United States

Suddenbreakingnews is out of the mare Uchitel, who started three times in her career, but managed only to finish as well as 6th. Her other two starts, she managed a 7th and an 8th . She clearly was not cut out for racing and was sent to the farm to become a broodmare. In 2013, she produced a Mineshaft colt, later gelded and named Suddenbreakingnews. Uchitel also has a 2012 Sky Mesa filly, named Virginia Hill, who has raced exclusively at Woodbine. She is a winner of a maiden and also placed third in an allowance.

Uchitel is sired by top racehorse, Afleet Alex. Afleet Alex was one of the most memorable racehorses in recent history. After a top showing in the Arkansas Derby, he finished a trapped third in the Kentucky Derby behind 50-1 shot, Giacomo and Closing Argument at odds of 72-1. Afleet Alex has been 5-1. The favorite that year was Bellamy Road, after he demolished a field of good horses in the Wood Memorial. Afleet Alex came back to win the Preakness in brave fashion, stopping the hearts of millions when he went to his knees at the top of the stretch when Scrappy T blew the turn, causing Afleet Alex to clip heels. He picked himself up and gave the crowd a show. He came back again to win the Belmont Stakes, where he put on another impressive showing. Following that, Afleet Alex experienced a career ending injury when he resumed training. He stands stud at Gainesway Farm for a light price of $12,500.

Suddenbreakingnews is proven on both turf and dirt, but seems to have found a home on the dirt. If he comes out of the Southwest well enough, he will likely aim for the Rebel and the Arkansas Derby before heading to Louisville. The gelding looks to have a promising future.

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