06/06/2015 6:50PM

Slumber finally breaks through in Manhattan

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ELMONT, NY – Two year-plus layoffs, a 10-race losing streak dating to August 2013, a sale at auction last fall, Juddmonte Farms finally deciding to part with a once-promising grass horse, and finally, a very late-in-life equipment change, blinkers on, midway through his 7-year-old season. Slumber was a most unlikely first-time Grade 1 winner, but his victory Saturday at Belmont in the $1 million Manhattan Stakes was as decisive as it was unexpected.

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