05/08/2014 12:54PM

Preakness: Social Inclusion arrives


Social Inclusion arrived in Baltimore on Thursday morning after a van ride of almost 19 hours from south Florida. The Preakness will mark the fourth career start for Social Inclusion, who won his first two races before finishing third in the Wood Memorial.

Manny Azpurua, 85, the trainer of Social Inclusion, would become the oldest trainer to win the Preakness if his colt prevails. Art Sherman, 77, became the oldest trainer to win the Derby with California Chrome’s victory.

• It is looking increasingly unlikely that Danza, the third-place finisher in the Derby, will come back in the Preakness, though trainer Todd Pletcher didn’t officially rule him out Thursday.

If Danza does indeed bow out, though, then the only runners from the 19-horse Derby who would come back in the Preakness would be California Chrome and Ride On Curlin, who finished seventh. The last time as few as two Derby runners were in the Preakness was in 2008, when Derby winner Big Brown and Gayego (17th in that Derby) were part of a 12-horse Preakness field.

– additional reporting by David Grening

B More than 1 year ago
Why should CC's connections be concerned about a horse with no foundation, only three starts and with a recent foot problem? I have interest in SI, but not in this race. He will make his presence felt for a while though.
bill n More than 1 year ago
Social Inclusion could be right there at the end but the pace is going to be contested and I wouldn't be surprised if in the final stretch he falls away like Goldencents did last year or Talking MAN back in the day. .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SI = table setter.
William Tichy More than 1 year ago
Forego137 More than 1 year ago
One thing for sure the owners of Social Inclusion are kicking themselves for not selling this horse for millions of dollars when he burst onto the scene when beating Honor Code by 10 lengths. Now they are stuck w/him and every race he loses they just have to sit and watch has his value keeps declining. Good but not as good as owners want to believe. #shouldhavesold
Perl More than 1 year ago
It's hard to let go. Trust me, I've been there on a lower scale. Was once part of an ownership group and our filly broke her maiden at Belmont by 5 lengths. We got some really nice offers for her, but we held onto her and she never won another race. We ended up selling her in an auction two years later for 4% (not a typo) of the offers we declined.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
To turn away 8 million dollars is still hard to believe. But to say there stuck with him is a dumb comment. You would want him, wouldn't you. Don't think this horse will earn 8 million in his race career but you never know. This Preakness is well within his reach to win and if the track comes up muddy, its his race to go gate to wire at a nice price , 9/2 I will say. This is 1 of the nicest 3 YO'S in N.A. today. This horse can win at any distance it will be only a matter of time before we see how good he is....
Bengy More than 1 year ago
Been fortunate to see three TC winners in my lifetime, Affirmed, Seattle Slew (the only undefeated TC winner; he lost afterwards), and the mighty Secretariat who was WITHOUT QUESTION the greatest of all time. To this day no other horse has run a faster KC, PR, or Belmont where his 2:24 flat stands as a World Record. The defense rests. Case Closed. But I digress. Pimlico generally speed favoring so Social Inclusion the only real threat to CC, but after seeing him tire in the Wood at a mile and an eighth, CC should have a cakewalk in the Preakness. The real test comes in the Belmont when Danza and other fresh horses will be better rested and waiting. Incidentally, based on times alone, Secretariat would have beaten Chrome BY OVER 20 LENGTHS in the Derby. Need I say more???
John Howland More than 1 year ago
Monarchos would have beaten Chrome BY OVER 20 LENGTHS also.What does that prove?
bill n More than 1 year ago
Bengy your post is so dumb. Are you really that stupid?
Daniel Alvarado More than 1 year ago
It's shaping up to be a great dual between CC and SI down the strech.
Steven Schneck More than 1 year ago
while am not picking ride on curlin it would be nice if someone gave him a decent ride. Calvin borrels ride was brutal. I think he is a stalker. social inclusion has a ton of upside but is very poorly handled. As far as California chrome winning the triple crown, take alook at the ones that did. They have one think in common. they are all GREAT
bill n More than 1 year ago
Ride On Curlin will come off the pacesetters. He has got a chance with a nicely timed late run on the outside. A one run shot. Could happen.
Raymond Felder More than 1 year ago
i like social inclusion, bayern and dynamic impact. fresh and fast i call them, but the real test for chrome is this race and if chrome can win this one he will be wearing the crown. love to see a triple crown winner. good luck all.
Perl More than 1 year ago
Have you been following horseracing for the past 20 years or so? How many horses have won the Derby and Preakness and failed to win the Belmont since 1997? The real test (if he passes the one in Baltimore which IS a test I'll grant you) is in NY where he will face fresh horses and his vicious turn of foot will mean less on the huge Belmont oval and grinders like Wicked Strong and others will have five weeks of rest.
bill n More than 1 year ago
What about Orb BIG favorite last year. What happened?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just cuz he wins the Preakness doesn't means he wins the Belmont. Come on! I'd love to see it. This sport needs it. Can you imagine a better team for it (owner, trainer & horse)? But, giving him the Triple Crown (even if he wins by open lengths next Sat.) is crazy. For everything that Perl stated. Fresh horses, 1-1/2 distance, 3 races in 5 weeks, etc. Like I said, I would love to see it but the real test is the Belmont. I believe the Preakness sets up beautifully for him.
Mark Pordhanm More than 1 year ago
Social Inclusion was the lone flash of brilliance from all the 3yo's that ran at GP this winter. His internal pace splits in his last GP race, breaking the track record in ease. It's a weak/injured crop, and the final 2 TC races should be a showcase for Social Inclusion from the east, Chromey from the west. I'd like to see Javy, or Krigger with the mount.
Perl More than 1 year ago
The horse freaked at 8.5f on a speed favoring track. When he stretched to 9f he ran out of gas. He's an interesting candidate in the Preakness, I'll grant you, but color me skeptical. Seems like a miler type.
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
You may be correct that he's a miler Perl. I'm hoping a little bit but the way he easily drew away from Honor Code and all the stamina influences in his bloodlines have me thinking he's capable of getting these classic distances.
Walter More than 1 year ago
His race in the Wood was good. He was right there near the wire. You have to respect it was only his third lifetime race in a G1 and 1 1/8 miles. It is something to notice.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Krigger ? The jock is a human anchor on a horse. He cant ride in the Big races......