02/15/2016 8:52PM

Suddenbreakingnews first on the wire in Southwest Stakes

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Suddenbreakingnews, ridden by Luis Quinonez, wins the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths Monday.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. – Suddenbreakingnews closed from last for a 2 3/4-length win over Whitmore in the Grade 3, $500,000 Southwest Stakes in his 3-year-old debut Monday at Oakawn Park. It was another half-length back to American Dubai in third.

Collected, the favorite, finished fourth in the field of 14.

Suddenbreakingnews ($10.20) earned 10 eligibility points for the Kentucky Derby, while Whitmore, American Dubai, and Collected earned points on a sliding scale of 4-2-1. The Southwest was the final race at the 17-point level, with the Risen Star on Saturday at Fair Grounds to kick off a series of 3-year-old races worth 50 points to the winner on the road to the Kentucky Derby.

Suddenbreakingnews, who was coupled with Synchrony in the wagering, trailed early after starting from post 13 in the 1 1/16-mile Southwest as Siding Spring took the field through fractions of 23.10 seconds for the opening quarter, 47.60 for the half-mile, and 1:12.30 for six furlongs. Suddenbreakingnews began to pick off horses on the final turn and swept past his remaining rivals through the stretch to cover the distance on a track rated “good” in 1:45.14.

“We stayed behind everyone, which helped my horse relax, and it kept us out of trouble,” said winning rider Luis Quinonez. “I could see ahead of us that there were some horses that were getting in trouble. When he started making a move, I tried inside, but there was nothing there. I moved him outside, and with his long stride, he started picking it up quick. I told myself down the lane, ‘We got this.’ ”

Trainer Donnie Von Hemel was pleased with how Quinonez negotiated the large field with Suddenbreakingnews.

“There were concerns about this being his first start [of the year] and the post position,” Von Hemel said. “Luis knew he had to drop back to save ground, and it just turned out he was trailing the field. That’s the good thing about Luis. Even when you have a plan that doesn’t work out, he has the experience to still get it done. I could tell at the eighth pole that he was going to get there.”

Suddenbreakingnews was making his first start since finishing second by a nose to Discreetness in the $250,000 Springboard Mile on Dec. 13 at Remington Park. Following that race, Discreetness won the Smarty Jones Stakes at Oaklawn.

Von Hemel said Suddenbreakingnews will now be pointed for the Grade 2, $900,000 Rebel Stakes on March 19 at Oaklawn.

Suddenbreakingnews races for Samuel F. Henderson, a resident of Texas. The horse earned $300,000 for his win in the Southwest, which had its purse boosted by $200,000 this year. Suddenbreakingnews has won three of six starts and $443,032. He won his first stakes race in the Clever Trevor last November at Remington Park. Suddenbreakingnews is a son of Mineshaft and was bred in Kentucky by Branch Equine.

Oaklawn handled a meet-high $5,111,552 on its 10-race card from all sources Monday. The estimated attendance was 22,500.

J More than 1 year ago
Will be very dangerous in the KD. With his breeding the 1 1/4 will be NO PROBLEM
William More than 1 year ago
what a horse buddy what a HORSE>> hope he goes into the future pool march 11 can't wait i'm down for a g...........
Vince Piscitelli More than 1 year ago
Before anyone plunges on this colt at a ridiculous "6-1" in the Derby (you can get him at 37-1 in some Vegas books as we speak) please note this field literally crawled home the final 1/2 mile in harness horse time. Vince P
David Benning More than 1 year ago
You make a great point about the odds, but as far as the quality of SBN's performance, it was a stand alone effort, his come-home time was outstanding, and visually speaking it was more than eye-catching. It was special, imo. He broke from the 14 hole, and he was climbing the first eighth, meaning he gave the field another 2-3 lengths right there. He was coming off a layoff. The point is that there is much room for improvement and it should be expected. jmo
Blaine MacMillan More than 1 year ago
To close like he did off of a pretty moderate pace speaks to some level of quality. Looks he won't be distanced challenged, that's for sure...
realgooddogtoo More than 1 year ago
Court rode one of his worst ride on Discreetness, with a position far outside like that, instead of take hold,drop back and save ground, he try to stay with the field and end up 20 feet wide and was stupid to just keep on driving all around the turns , that poor horse must run a 1/6 of a mile longer than the rest..what a wasted race !, if I was the owner of Discreetness, he won't ride a mule for me !
David Benning More than 1 year ago
plus he was saddled with 7lbs extra
David Benning More than 1 year ago
I would not bet on SBN to win again until the KD. He's very likely going to be favored in his next two starts, yet their goal is to peak the FS in May, not in March or April. SBN just showed his connections what they needed to see. Now it's a matter of slowly tightening the screws. And if he's the beaten fave running 2nd or 3rd in next two starts (while getting exactly what he needs out of those races) his odds will drift in the KD (6...7...8 to 1).
David Benning More than 1 year ago
The pacesetter, Siding Spring, galloped-out remarkably well, it is worth noting.
David Benning More than 1 year ago
As I stated previously, he was 3 lengths best when 2nd to Discreetness in his final race of 2015. And he moved forward in a big way, today, off a slight freshening, a freshening that showed the kind of horsemanship his trainer brings to the fore. When a 3yo is coming into his own, physically, it is often best to keep him away from the tempting afternoon engagements and let him mature in the mornings, which is clearly what has happened here. That was as good a stretch run as I have seen from a 3yo closer since Alysheba. And he was well within himself, obviously, which bodes well for the more grueling distances, particularly against a fairly weak class (so far).
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Would love to see 'The Q' get a legit Derby mount with this colt. He's been underrated his entire career. At least Von Hemel seems to appreciate his talent.
David Benning More than 1 year ago
this colt is totally legit - and there is room for plenty of improvement. He was climbing into the track in the first eighth, I don't know if it was the kickback or if he's still figuring things out due to his physical maturation, but I think his best race(s) are definitely in front of him. The trick will be getting him to peak in May, which I think is easier for a closer, because the pace in his next two preps is irrelevent to how Von Hemel will choose to tighten him. The Rebel and AD are just preps for their real target.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!that colt was flying late