Suddenbreakingnews, which ran fifth in the Kentucky Derby, began serious preparation for the Grade I Belmont Stakes with a 5-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.”
Mo Tom, eighth in the Kentucky Derby, worked a half-mile in :49 Monday under regular exercise rider Mario Garcia, and is “possible” for the leg of the Triple Crown, according to trainer Tom Amoss.
“He is only a possibility, not a probable,” Amoss said. “We’ll make a decision after this weekend. He worked well. It was his first work since the Derby. He showed good energy and came out of it well. You’ll probably see us go again Monday of this week weather permitting and I think we’ll make a decision after that work.”
Creator, 13th in the Kentucky Derby, also is “possible” for the Belmont Stakes, according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi.
Trainer Dale Romans has scheduled a breeze for Brody’s Cause on Saturday.