By Dick Downey
Although a run for Social Inclusion in the Kentucky Derby is still a possibility, connections have decided to focus on the Preakness Stakes.
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 work, owner Ron Sanchez 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 – and it doesn’t look like fans will see the horse at Churchill Downs.
“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.