Social Inclusion points to Preakness
Updated: April 24, 2014, 5:28 PM ETBloodhorse
Although a run for Social Inclusion in the Kentucky Derby could have been a remote possibility, the connections of the late-developing colt have decided to focus on the May 17 Preakness Stakes as their goal. To that end, the Pioneerof the Nile colt breezed three furlongs in a swift :34.41 seconds before galloping out four furlongs in :45 ⅗ seconds at Gulfstream Park. Following the work, Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable Corp. expressed doubt that Social Inclusion, who currently ranks 24th on the points list that decides the 20-horse Derby field, would draw into the first jewel 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 that morning, April 28. The Kentucky-bred colt created a buzz at Gulfstream 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, Social Inclusion set the pace to mid-stretch in the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack April 5 before faltering to third. He was nosed out of a second-place finish that would have meant a starting berth in the Kentucky Derby.