Rontos Racing Stable's principle owner, Ron Sanchez, said a decision is expected by mid-week regarding the sale of 3-year-old sensation Social Inclusion, who cruised to a 10-length allowance victory over well-regarded Honor Code at Gulfstream on March 12.
“We will make a decision by Wednesday,” said Sanchez, who has entertained several multi-million dollar offers for the Pioneerof the Nile colt he bought for $60,000 as a yearling. “My conditions are I want to keep a piece of the horse and have Manny [Azpurua] keep training. We are going to keep 25 percent. We have so much respect for Manny and the job he has done for me. We have to make a deal and if it is not possible, we will compensate him.”
Azpurua said Social Inclusion will return to the track for the first time since the race on Monday. The $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream on March 29 remains a possibility.
“He came back in good shape,” he said. “He's doing great and eating well and he's sound, that's the main thing. I want to go easy with him. He's a very good horse. He's intelligent, he's smart, he knows what he's doing. I don't want to push him.”
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