Breezes Sharply in Preparation for Likely Preakness Stakes Start
HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Although a run for Social Inclusion in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 3 is still a possibility, the connections of the late-developing colt have decided to focus on the Preakness Stakes, the middle leg of the Triple Crown on May 17, as their goal.
The son of Pioneerof the Nile breezed three furlongs in a swift 34.41 seconds before galloping out four furlongs in 45.60 Thursday morning at Gulfstream.
Following the “great” work, Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable Corp. expressed doubt that Social Inclusion, currently ranked 24th on the points list that decides the 20-horse Derby field, would draw into the first leg of the Triple Crown.
“At this moment, I don’t think we’ll ship to Kentucky. It doesn’t make sense to pay a $25,000 entry fee, plus all the other expenses, when you’re 24th and also-eligible,” Sanchez said. “He’s going to train here and then we hope to get a prep for the Preakness. We’ll make a final decision on Monday.”
The Manny Azpurua-trained Social Inclusion is scheduled to breeze again at Gulfstream on Monday morning.
The Kentucky-bred colt created a buzz at Gulfstream on Feb. 22 when he debuted with a 7 ½-length romp in a six-furlong maiden race in 1:09.35. He came right back to break Gulfstream’s track record for 1 1/16 miles on March 12, scoring by 10 lengths in 1:40.97. In his third lifetime start, he set the pace into mid-stretch in the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct on April 5 before faltering to third, nosed out of second place and an automatic berth in the Kentucky Derby.