By Dick Downey
Social Inclusion returned to the Gulfstream Park worktab Wednesday morning, breezing three furlongs in :35.04 with connections still hoping he can make the Kentucky Derby.
“He went easy, but he worked very well,” said owner Ron Sanchez. “He galloped out in 47-and-three and came back really well. He’s doing great. He’s improving every day.”
While Sanchez and trainer Manny Azpurua have been targeting the Preakness Stakes, they are prepared to send the son of Pioneerof the Nile to Churchill Downs. After the defection of Constitution from the Derby, Social Inclusion is number 26 on the leaderboard.
Sanchez hopes to know something sooner rather than later.
“We’re going to breeze him again Saturday, and by that time, we might know if we’re in the Derby or not,” said Sanchez. “But we’re trying to find a prep for the Preakness.”
But for the nose of Samraat in the Wood Memorial, Social Inclusion would have picked up 40 Derby points for finishing second.
“The horse got a lot of experience. We had a lot of bad luck losing the Derby spot by a nose,” Sanchez said. “He’s improving. What I saw this morning was surprising. What we learned is the horse is improving every day with experience.”
Sanchez said Luis Contreras would retain the mount aboard Social Inclusion going forward.