Sanchez Plans to Decide Sale of Social Inclusion by Wednesday

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Social Inclusion will race without Lasix in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational. Social Inclusion will race without Lasix in Sunday's $1 million Haskell Invitational.

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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  • http://dprdpr@live.com Don Reed

    I can see the (or “a”) buyer going along with the seller keeping a piece of the action, but what buyer would want his hands tied with a “grandfathered” trainer?

    No knock on Manny at all – and why should he not continue to train the horse?!

    He GOT the horse to this point where the horse is worth millions.

    It’s just that this second sale condition is bumping up against human nature.

    The mentality of buyers, generally, is they want to be in control of things – and a trainer, in their opinions & in this sort of circumstance, is a very big “thing.”

    • jfw

      The first rule of managing ANYTHING is: if it ain’t broke don’t fix it. That goes for managing racehorses as certainly as anything in the world. Social Inclusion will never get the attention in a “big time” trainers’s barn that he’s getting now. I own a half-sister to his dam so PLEASE don’t screw this up!

  • Jay Stone

    When and if this horse is sold he will have a new trainer. For the millions involved no owner will let the seller dictate to him who the New trainer will be. It’s very unusual that the sale of a horse gets bandied about in the press as we are witnessing. Take the millions involved, take care of your trainer, and end your fifteen minutes of fame.

  • David

    Two wire to wire wins on very plus speed tracks in a state with very liberal med policies. Horse is way overpriced but congrats to the sellers. He’ll never be worth any more than he is right now but I wouldn’t want to be into him at anymore than mid six-figures.

  • Nucky Thompson

    Likelihood is there will be no inclusion for Manny if sale goes through. Will go to a big name barn who and will have a new jockey too. Wonder if Mr. Zayat is one of the bidders. He would love to have a Pioneerofthenile colt in the Derby.

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