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Social Inclusion, Honor Code to Wood Memorial

3/22/2014

It's official now: Social Inclusion and Honor Code will both leave Florida racing for the April 5 Wood Memorial.

Social Inclusion, working for the first time since his record-setting allowance victory over Honor Code at Gulfstream on March 12, went four furlongs in :49.34 (43/69) with jockey Luis Contreras up at the the Hallendale Beach track.

“He looked perfect, wonderful,” trainer Manny Azpurua said. “He was spectacular. He went so easily and he came back like he didn’t even want a drink of water. The rider was so pleased about the way he went. The main thing is he’s a very sound horse and he feels good. He’s just doing everything right.”

Owner Ron Sanchez said Social Inclusion will stay at Gulfstream and work three-eighths again on March 26 and 29 before leaving March 30 for his next start in the Wood Memorial on April 5. Meanwhile, talk of a sale of the horse has subsided after some wild rumors.

“It was our original plan, and we won’t change the plan," Sanchez claimed. "We have to give him some time. We think he can win anywhere. He had a very easy workout, very relaxed. He doesn’t need much. The jockey doesn’t even ask him to run. He came back with no sign of being tired at all and full of energy. We’ll see what happens.”

Sanchez says he's received several offers to purchase the horse after his 10-length victory, but no decision has been made.

Also working for the first time since that race was Honor Code, who was clocked in :48.12 (8/69) and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01.60.

“I thought he went good," trainer Shug McGaughey said. “I watched from the backside so I don’t know what he went in, but I thought he went fine. He’s doing very good.”

McGaughey plans to work Honor Code again at Gulfstream on March 29 and then ship to New York for the Wood Memorial.

“We just wanted to see what his energy level is and see how he comes out of it and whether he moves forward or not,” he said. “I think he’s come out of his race good and is going in the right direction. I just want to make sure he keeps going in the right direction.”


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