Social Inclusion Breezes at Gulfstream Park for Haskell

December 10, 2019

HALLANDALE BEACH, FL – Rontos Racing Stable’s Social Inclusion breezed a half-mile out of the Gulfstream Park starting gate in 47 2/5 seconds Thursday morning in preparation for a planned start in the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on July 27.

The 3-year-old son of Pioneerof the Nile breezed three furlongs over a sloppy track in 35 3/5 seconds on his way to his recorded half-mile clocking and galloped out five furlongs in 1:01 3/5.

“It was an easy breeze. He was fine in the gate,” said Rontos Racing’s Ron Sanchez, whose colt has had his issues with the starting gate in the past.

Social Inclusion finished a distant third behind run-away winner Bayern in the seven-furlong Woody Stephens (G2) at Belmont on June 7 last time out.

“Bayern ran a big race in the Woody Stephens,” said Sanchez, who reported that Social Inclusion had breezed a half mile in 49 1/5 seconds a week ago in a workout that was not officially recorded. “We’ve given our colt a rest since his last start. He looks better than he did in New York. He’s relaxed. We think he’s really maturing.”

Social Inclusion launched his career at Gulfstream last winter with back-to-back victories, including a 10-length allowance victory over highly regarded Honor Code in the track record time for 1 1/16 miles in 1:40.97 on March 12. The Manny Azpurua-trained colt made the jump to Grade 1 company in the Wood Memorial (G1) at Aqueduct, where he finished third behind Wicked Strong, losing a berth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) when he was nosed out for second by Samraat. He subsequently finished third after a rough trip in the Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico on May 17.

“We might have rushed him going into the Preakness,” Sanchez said.

Gulfstream-based Wildcat Red, who captured the Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth (G2) and finished second behind Constitution in the Florida Derby (G1), is also scheduled to make the trip to New Jersey for the Haskell. The Jose Garoffalo-trained colt, who is scheduled to breeze on Sunday before shipping to Monmouth, recently rebounded from a troubled 18th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby with a 10 ¼-length romp in the Quality Road Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

“The Haskell isn’t going to be an easy race,” Sanchez said. “It looks like there’s going to be a lot of speed in there with Wildcat Red running. Hopefully, our horse will finally win a graded race.”

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