By Dick Downey
Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable said he's been made several offers to purchase Social Inclusion. Sanchez bought the colt for $60,000.
By Pioneerof the Nile, Social Inclusion turned heads with a 10-length win over Honor Code at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday. He was timed in 1:40.97, edging eclipsing the track record of 1:41.00 set by Devil’s Cave less than a month earlier. It was only Social Inclusion's second start, and his first around two turns.
Sanchez is considering either the Florida Derby and the Wood Memorial as the colt's next start and says he wants to retain an interest in the colt as a condition of sale, if one occurs.
“Our original goal was the Preakness, but now we are thinking about the Derby,” Sanchez said. “The main goal is the Wood Memorial, but we may want to not travel and stay here for the Florida Derby. We’ll know soon about everything, maybe in just a couple days.
“I’ve had maybe eight or 10 offers," Sanchez continued.. "We’re going to sit down and analyze everything and do what’s best for the horse. I know this is a business, but we’re going to make a decision that is going to be the best one for the horse. We’re going to take our time and see what happens. If I sell, it has to be for big money. I want to keep a piece of the horse, because this is the horse of a lifetime. It’s a dream for every horseman.”
Sanchez bided his time after the purchase.
“He was training extremely good, but he was still a little immature and we wanted to give him time because he’s a May foal,” Sanchez said. “We wanted to take our time because if you give a horse the time, it will pay off and now it is paying off. We brought him back to Florida because this is the Championship meet and if you think you’ve got a good horse, you’ve got to try with the best ones.”
Social Inclusion is by the same sire as Cairo Prince, the likely favorite for the Florida Derby, and Sam F. Davis winner Vinceremos.
“He’s full of energy and he’s very proud,” Sanchez said. “He’s nice and calm. He came back very happy and didn’t feel tired at all. That’s good, because he ran a hell of a race and set a new track record, and you expect a horse to be a little tired. But, he was nothing like that. He’s special. He can handle whatever comes to him. He’s just a special horse.”