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Gulfstream Park News & Notes: Social Inclusion Returns in Sunday Allowance; Storming Inti Looks for First Graded Stakes Victory in Miami Mile (G3)

Apr 24, 2015

Social Inclusion Returns in Sunday Allowance

 
Storming Inti Looks for First Graded Stakes Victory in Miami Mile (G3) 
 
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL –Rontos Racing Stable’s Social Inclusion, the 2014 Preakness’ third-place finisher, will make his highly anticipated 4-year-old debut in Sunday’s third race, a mile allowance for older horses, at Gulfstream Park.
 
The son of Pioneerof the Nile has not run since finishing seventh in last year’s Haskell Invitational (G1). Formerly in the care of trainer Manny Azpurua, he was transferred to the Chad Brown barn after that race. He will make his first start for Brown Sunday.
 
“He’s doing really well,” Brown said. “We’re just taking our time with him. He’s a pleasure to train. He’s cooperated beautifully up to this point. We’re excited to get him started.”
 
Social Inclusion debuted with fanfare when he began his career last February, breaking his maiden at first asking by more than seven lengths in a 6-furlong maiden special weight. When stretching out to a 1 1/16 mile in his second start, he was even more impressive, rolling home by 10 emphatic lengths over Honor Code, winner of the Remsen (G2) in his previous start, who would go on to add the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G2) to his resume when making his 4-year-old debut in March. 
 
Following that effort, Social Inclusion stepped up to graded stakes company and finished third behind Wicked Strong in the Wood Memorial (G1). The colt did not have enough points to earn a spot in the Kentucky Derby, so his connections pointed him for the Preakness. The bay colt would finish third in the second leg of the Triple Crown behind 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome. After that race, Social Inclusion notched another graded stakes placing when cutting back to 7 furlongs and finishing third in the Woody Stephens (G2) in June, his final start before the Haskell.
 
The colt emerged from his uncharacteristic effort in the Haskell with an injury to his tendon. Upon receiving the talented runner, Brown made sure Social Inclusion received the appropriate medical attention and gave the colt plenty of time to heal.
 
“When we got him in July, he had a tendon injury, so we immediately sent him to Kentucky to be evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage,” Brown said. “Then, of course [Bramlage] recommended a course of treatment and rest and a schedule for the horse, which we followed, and [Social Inclusion] did his down time at Dell Ridge Farm in Kentucky. They did a great job working with Dr. Bramlage. Eventually, he made his way down to me at the end of last year to begin training, and since then he hasn’t missed a beat.”
 
Social Inclusion has trained for his return at Palm Meadows, Gulfstream’s satellite training facility in Palm Beach County, and the colt has recorded eight published breezes since late February. He turned in a bullet 5-furlong work on April 13 before most recently breezing five-eighths in 1:01.00 on April 19. 
 
Social Inclusion will break from post four in a field of six Sunday and will be ridden by Jose Lezcano.
 
Storming Inti Looks for First Graded Stakes Victory in Miami Mile (G3)
 
Santa Rosa Racing Stables’ Storming Inti is a three-time stakes winner who has placed in three other graded events, but the 4-year-old colt has yet to record a graded stakes victory. The son of Stormy Atlantic will look to add that elusive accolade to his resume in Saturday’s $100,000 Miami Mile (G3) at Gulfstream Park.
 
The Chad Brown trainee captured both the Pulpit and the Kitten’s Joy stakes at Gulfstream in 2014 before finishing third, beaten just ¾-length in the Palm Beach Stakes (G3). He would contest two other graded stakes, finishing fourth in the Transylvania at Keeneland and second, beaten only a neck, in the American Turf (G2) in Louisville, before capping his summer campaign with placings in the Penn Mile and Sir Cat Stakes. After finishing sixth in the Better Talk Now Stakes last August at Saratoga, just the second off-the-board finish of his then 11-race career, the colt was given the rest of the year off.
 
He would return the following March in an upper-level allowance at Gulfstream, and after leading the field through a quick early pace, clocking a half-mile in 46.86 seconds, the chestnut faded to fourth behind highly regarded stablemate Pleuven. With that race under his belt, Brown said he believes the colt will be better in his second start back from the extended time off.
 
“He came out of that race good,” he said.“He went very fast on the front end, and of course after that long of a layoff, he had a right to be tired. He got a lot out of that race. He should move forward off it.”
 
Brown said the seven weeks between starts should set Storming Inti up well.
 
“The timing of the race works out and makes sense,” he said.
 
Storming Inti will break from post 7 in the Miami Mile and will be piloted by Leandro Goncalves, who has yet to lose in three starts when riding for Brown at the current meeting. The Miami Mile is scheduled as the ninth race on Saturday’s 11-race card that also includes the $75,000 Powder Break Stakes and the $60,000 Tarpon, an overnight handicap for 3-year-olds.



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