Gulfstream Park News & Notes

Gulfstream Park News & Notes

07/17/2014

Social Inclusion On Track for Haskell Invitational
Atreides Exits Brilliant Debut Victory in Good Order
First-Race Post Time Moved Up to 1:15 p.m.
Rodman Calling Races Through Sunday
            
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Trainer Manny Azpurua reported Thursday morning at Gulfstream Park that Social Inclusion is on track to make his next start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27.
 
On Wednesday, Social Inclusion breezed four-furlongs in 45.65 seconds, the fastest of 37 recorded at the distance.
 
“He worked wonderfully and he is doing great this morning,” Azpurua said. “Right now, I’m looking to ship to Monmouth Park on the 22nd.”
 
Social Inclusion hasn’t raced since finishing a distant third behind Bayern in the Woody Stephens (G2) at Belmont on June 7. The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile had previously finished third in the Preakness Stakes (G1) and third in the Wood Memorial (G1). Owned by Rontos Racing Stable, Social Inclusion had launched his career with a pair of stunning triumphs, including a 10-length score over Honor Code in the track-record time of 1:40.97 for 1 1/16 miles at Gulfstream.
 
“It was a mistake to go to Aqueduct (for the Wood). My horse was young and only had two races, and it screwed up his mind. It’s 84 (degrees) here, 34 up there. He’s changing tracks; he’s changing stalls. The first time he went to the paddock he got upset. He got upset on the track. All those things troubled his mind,” Azpurua said.
 
Social Inclusion developed bad behavior, most notably in the gate, that compromised his performances in the Wood and Preakness, but his trainer stated that the Kentucky-bred colt has been schooling and working from the gate well.
 
“We’ve taken it easy with him and he’s come back. Now, the rider says he’s a different horse and does what he wants him to do. He’s much more relaxed,” the 85-year-old trainer said. “He’s a quieter horse. He’s the horse he’s supposed to be.”
 
Following his scheduled start in the Haskell, Social Inclusion is slated to ship to Saratoga.
 
Atreides Exits Brilliant Debut Victory in Good Order
 
When Atreides was making his brilliant career debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park, trainer Marty Wolfson watched approvingly via simulcast in Delaware.
 
“As I was watching the race, the only question I had was: ‘How much is he going to win by?’ ” said Wolfson, who watched the maiden special weight race in a Delaware Park dining room before saddling Gamay Noir for a fourth-place finish in the Delaware Handicap (G1).
 
Atreides went on to win by 5 ¼ lengths after covering six furlongs in a blazing 1:08.69 under a hand ride by Edgard Zayas, flirting with the track record of 1:08.12 set by Big Drama in January 2011.
 
“I don’t think I was expecting him to run 1:08-and-change, but I expected him to run big. He was working really well,” said Wolfson, noting that the 3-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro came out of his eye-catching debut in good order.
 
The Stonestreet Stables’ homebred is a half-brother to Dreaming of Julia, a Grade 1-stakes winner who captured the 2013 Gulfstream Park Oaks by 21 ¾ lengths.
 
“I don’t know when he’s going to run next,” Wolfson said. “I’m not going to rush him.”
 
First-Race Post Time Moved Up to 1:15 p.m.
 
Daily first-race post time at Gulfstream Park has been changed to 1:15 p.m. starting on Friday.
 
In addition to a live nine-race program, Gulfstream will offer simulcast watching and wagering on Saratoga’s 10-race opening day program on Friday.
 
Rodman Calling Races Through Weekend
 
Popular announcer Dave Rodman will be taking over announcing duties this weekend with regular announcer Peter Aiello out of town.
 
Rodman has been announcing the races in Maryland since 1991 and has also called the races at Louisiana Downs, Colonial Downs and Jefferson Downs.