Suddenbreakingnews Still Firm for Belmont
By Dick Downey
Three days out from a Monday workout by Suddenbreakingnews, five furlongs in 1:00.60 under Joe Rocco, Jr., the Belmont Stakes continues to be his next objective. Connections of other horses say they are biding their time.
“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 of Suddenbreakingnews at Churchill Downs. “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.”
Connections of Mo Tom and Creator, eighth and 13th in the Kentucky Derby, say they remain on the "possible" list today notwithstanding a "probable" call yesterday on TVG.
Tom Amoss said Mo Tom needs to show a little more before a final decision is made. Mo Tom breezed a half-mile in :49.00 Monday under regular exercise rider Mario Garcia and remained in the picture afterward.
“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.”
Steve Asmussen assistant Scott Blasi also termed Creator possible, not probable, for the Belmont Stakes at this time. Specific plans for Gun Runner, also trained by Asmussen, were revealed in the Louisville Courier-Journal. After the Matt Winn Stakes on June 18 at Churchill Downs, the Haskell on July 31 is his next objective.
Meanwhile, Dale Romans plans to breeze Brody’s Cause on Saturday for the second time since running seventh in the Derby. Romans is on record saying he plans to ship both Brody's Cause and Cherry Wine to New York for the Belmont Stakes.
Romans was especially high on Cherry Wine today.
“I thought that I would win the Preakness,” the trainer said. “But we took horses over there knowing that they would do really well and that they were going to run their best if they were good enough, and we left there feeling pretty good about everything.”
Romans said Cherry Wine's effort in the Preakness convinced him to point him to the Belmont.
“A mile-and-a-half won’t hurt him. He’ll run all day,” Romans said.