STOP THE PRESSES! SUDDENBREAKINGNEWS TAKES MONDAY’S SOUTHWEST

Hot Springs, Ark. (Monday, Feb. 15, 2016) – Samuel Henderson’s Suddenbreakingnews made headlines Monday when he rallied from last in the 14-horse field to win the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) by 2 ¾ lengths over Whitmore in front of a Presidents’ Day crowd of an estimated 22,500. He completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45 over a track rated good after overnight rain.
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Toby Keith’s Gordy Florida Flying under the Southwest Radar

Three-time Oaklawn training champion Kenny Smith is poised to return to the Arkansas Derby trail with Gordy Florida, among 14 horses entered in Monday’s $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) at 1 1/16 miles. After winning his first two career starts late last year at Remington Park, Gordy Florida, in his 3-year-old debut, was beaten a neck in the $150,000 Smarty Jones Stakes Jan. 18 at Oaklawn.
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CALL PAT RETURNS A WINNER IN SUNDAY’S BAYAKOA STAKES

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016) – Miller Racing LLC’s Call Pat, off since late November, proved the time away wasn’t a problem when she rallied from last to win Sunday’s $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes (G3) by a half-length over Pippin Stakes winner Streamline.
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Barn Notes - Feb. 14: Southwest Equals Decision Time for Bird of Trey

Trainer John Servis said Bird of Trey’s ensuing flight pattern will be determined by his performance in the $500,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds Monday at Oaklawn. A Pennsylvania-bred son of 2004 Belmont Stakes winner Birdstone, the colt is coming off a fourth-place finish in the $200,000 Jerome Stakes (G3) Jan. 2 at Aqueduct. He was beaten 16 ½ lengths by Flexibility under Kendrick Carmouche.
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COLLECTED FAVORED IN FULL SOUTHWEST STAKES

Hot Springs, Ark. (Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will try to collect his record-tying fifth victory in the Southwest Stakes when he sends out lightly raced Collected in the $500,000 Grade 3 event Monday at Oaklawn. Probable post time for the Southwest, the ninth of 10 races, is 5:09 p.m. (Central).
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