Suddenbreakingnews uses late charge to win Southwest Stakes

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) Suddenbreakingnews used a late outside charge to pull ahead and win the $500,000 Southwest Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Monday.

The win is the first in the Southwest for trainer Donnie Von Hemel and jockey Luis Quinonez. It earns the colt 10 qualifying points toward the Kentucky Derby in its first race as a 3-year-old.

Suddenbreakingnews, which was beaten by a nose in December's Springboard Mile, lagged behind leaders American Dubai and Siding Spring before charging down the stretch for the victory.

The colt paid $10.20, $4.40 and $3.20, while Whitmore paid $4.80 and $3.80 for finishing second and American Dubai $7.40 for third.

Oaklawn's series of Kentucky Derby prep races continues with the $900,000 Rebel Stakes on March 19 and the $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 16.

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