February 16, 2016
MINESHAFT, sire of no fewer than three Kentucky Derby starters in recent years, including the G1 Kentucky Derby favorite Dialed In and the Derby runner-up Nehro, looks to have another promising 3-year-old on the Triple Crown trail. That after the gelding Suddenbreakingnews unleashed a furious rally to win Monday’s G3 Southwest S. at Oaklawn Park.
Suddenbreakingnews earned 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby, which puts him in 13th on the leaderboard.
Owned by Samuel F. Henderson and trained by Donnie Von Hemel, Suddenbreakingnews was last in a crowded 14-horses field through an opening half in :47.06. Still last but two as they turned into the stretch, Suddenbreakingnews came absolutely flying down the center of the track and soared past Whitmore, by former Lane’s End stallion PLEASANTLY PERFECT, to win by 2 3/4 lengths.
Suddenbreakingnews was bred in Kentucky by Branch Equine LLC.
“I could tell at the eighth pole that he was going to get there,” Von Hemel said. “It’s very exciting. More than likely, we’ll look at the [Mar. 19 GII] Rebel next.”
Suddenbreakingnews’s win came two day’s after MINESHAFT’s 3-year-old daughter Weep No More launched her own impressive rally to take the $100,000 Suncoast S. at Tampa Bay Downs. Rusty Arnold trains Weep No More for Glenn Bromagen. The filly was bred by Hinkle Farms, Inc. & Robert Kessinger.