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Preakness Main Goal for Social Inclusion

Owner Ron Sanchez looked anything but dismayed that his beaten 3-2 favorite Social Inclusion didn't win the 90th running of the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial on Saturday. On the contrary, he was delighted with his colt's third-place finish behind Wicked Strong and Samraat after clearing off by 1 ½ lengths at the top of the stretch.


"He ate everything this morning; he's happy," Sanchez said Sunday morning as a bright-looking Social Inclusion took in the conversation across the shed row with his ears pricked.


Sanchez said Social Inclusion would take a van out of Aqueduct at 2 p.m., Sunday, and head down to Gulfstream Park to train for the Preakness Stakes on May 17. The Wood effort was an attempt to get the colt into the Kentucky Derby, but Sanchez said there would be no further push for the first leg of the Triple Crown.


"If we can make the Derby, we're going to go, but I think the main goal is the Preakness," Sanchez said. "It was the original plan. It's going to be tough to be in the Derby, you know? Actually, we are in spot 22 with 20 points, and there are like four preps coming up. It wasn't our main goal to get into the Derby, but we gave it a try."


Based on his first three races, Social Inclusion appears to be one of the best runners in his class. He won his first two starts in style at Gulfstream Park; in the second, he crushed Remsen winner Honor Code by 10 lengths in an allowance on March 12, earning a 111 Beyer Speed Figure, tops among 3-year-olds this year.


In the Wood, however, Social Inclusion, a son of Pioneerof the Nile, met adversity for the first time. He broke a bit outwardly at the start and then didn't make the lead, which he had in his first two starts.


Instead, he moved up from his outside post in the field of 11 and engaged Schivarelli, running stride for stride into the far turn, where he opened up by 1 ½ lengths heading for home. Down on the inside, he tired a bit late and then lost a photo for the place by a nose to Samraat.


The quarter-mile fractional times for the Wood show Social Inclusion quickening as the race went on: 23.79 seconds for the opening quarter, followed by 23.32 and 23.29 and then a 25.23. The final eighth of a mile went in 12.92 seconds.


Asked what he learned about his horse, Sanchez didn't hesitate: "He's a warrior, that's what I learned. He overcame everything and ran big. I thought he was going to win in the stretch. The concern was the track was too deep and slow in the stretch. All the closers came all day long. The only horse I was concerned with was Wicked Strong."




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Rachel ran in the Oaks one day before the Derby, Bernardini ran in the Withers one week before the Derby so he was comming into the Preakness with 3 weeks rest. Good horses don't need 6-8 weeks between races. Since 2000 a horse has won two consecutive Triple Crown races 7 times or 50% of the series, the 5 Derby-Preakness winners and 2 Preakness-Belmont winners.
Rachel ran in the Oaks one day before the Derby, Bernardini ran in the
Mike i agree and disagree. Just being a fresh horse is not the sectret. The horse must have talent and quality to win this race. This Century 3 have done it,Rachel,Red Bullet and Bernadini. 5 of the winners were repeat Derby winners . The others were by horses who were heavily backed on the tote board in the Derby but where coming off of big efforts in the final prep. They showed up in body for the Derby,but forgot to bring their A game. Horses like Point Given, Afleet Alex, Bafferts Lucky horse and last year Oxbow to name a few.
People always talk about a fresh horse for the Preakness, but in almost never works, not too many Preakness winners that did not run in the Derby. One reason for this is that most years the 20 best 3 year olds all run in the Derby. This year might be different, both Social Inclusion and Cairo Prince would be in many peoples top 10 3 year olds, but could not make the Derby field because of the point system. This might be the year a fresh horse wins the Preakness, although I would still bet the Preakness winner comes out of the Derby.
There is method in Martin Panza's madness.
Interesting choice, seeing as up until now running the Met Mile after the Preakness was never an option. Makes you wonder if even Derby and Preakness winners would ever be pointed to the Met Mile if their owners/trainers decide 12f is too much.
Sullivan all depends on the results of the Preakness. Assuming CC wins the Derby and then The Preakness or any other 3yo for arguments sake. Then they rest the horse up for the Summer campaign. You get him ready for the Jim Dandy or The Haskell and point to The Travers and onward. If he wins The Preakness,your decision is basically made up for you. If S.I or Cairo ever decided to take on the Elders in the Met. They would need to be fresh and fit horses .Running in the Preakness,the 3 week turnaround would do them more harm than good.
Question now is after the Preakness, do they blow the horse to pieces in the Belmont or put him where he is best in the Met Mile? Not hard to see what I think...
The Preakness seems like a realistic goal for Social Inclusion. If there were offers for the colt and Mr. Sanchez decided not to accept them, then that was his choice to make. I hope the colt continues to develop and run well for him.
Tony water under the bridge if that was true. Right now would not get more than 1.5 Million. He rolled the dice and lost. If he would of won the race,he could of gotten $12-$15 Million. But personally,in defeat he showed me that he might be one of the top 6 most talented horses in this years crop. You will hear from this horse big time in the near future.
I think Sanchez should have taken the $8 mill and bought 10 more horses than put all his eggs in one basket!

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