Wildcat Red Returns to Gulfstream
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL - Social Inclusion, a spectacular winner of his first two starts at Gulfstream Park before finishing a game third in the Wood Memorial (G1), left Gulfstream Wednesday morning for Baltimore to prepare for the 139th Preakness Stakes.
Scratched from Saturday's $75,000 Sir Bear at Gulfstream due a bruised hoof, Social Inclusion jogged over Gulfstream's track Wednesday morning before being put on a van to Baltimore at approximately 10:30 a.m. along with stablemate and Appleton (G3) winner Hey Leroy, who will run in the $400,000 Dixie (G2) on the Preakness undercard.
"We're all set and excited," said owner Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable Corp. "I was a little concerned Saturday with the bruise, then I was happy (Tuesday), and today I'm excited. He went out jogging today and everything was great. (Trainer) Manny (Azpurua) and his guys did a great job."
Sanchez, who was also heading to Baltimore Wednesday, expected Social Inclusion to arrive early Thursday morning. "He will walk (Thursday)," he said. "Right now he'll gallop Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then we'll breeze him Monday."
Sanchez said jockey Luis Contreras, who has ridden Social Inclusion in all three of his races, will fly in from Canada to work the Pioneerof the Nile colt Monday. Contreras will also be on board in the Preakness.
While Social Inclusion was headed out of town, Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) runner-up and Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Wildcat Red arrived back at Gulfstream Tuesday afternoon after finishing 18th in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Trainer Jose Garoffalo said the son of D'wildcat came out of the Derby in good health and would get a few weeks off.
"Red came back at around 4 p.m. (Tuesday) and he's happy to be home and we're happy to be home," said Garofallo. "Right now we're going to give him a couple weeks off. We're going to refresh him and give him a little break. We're so happy he's doing good and we have a healthy horse.
"We have plenty of options. We'll wait for the stakes schedule here, there's Saratoga, there's the Haskell at Monmouth. We'll do what's right by Red."