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Social Inclusion Upsets Honor Code
The Kentucky Derby aspirations of highly regarded US 3YO Honor Code were dealt a blow after he was comprehensively defeated by Social Inclusion in an allowance race (8.5 furlongs) at Gulfstream Park on Wednesday, reports bloodhorse.com. Honor Code (A.P. Indy-Serena's Cat, by Storm Cat), winner of the Gr2 Remsen Stakes last season and one of the leading fancies for this year's Derby, was making his long awaited 2014 debut after a his preparation was delayed due to bruised ankles. But the son of A.P. Indy proved no match for the runaway winner who drew clear to score an emphatic 10-length win in track record time. "He was doing it so easy. I wasn't doing anything. He's a tremendous horse," said jockey Luis Contreras, who rode Social Inclusion hands and heels to the finish line. It was the second start and second straight win for the Manny Azpurua-trained Social Inclusion (Pioneerof the Nile-Saint Bernadette, by Saint Ballado) who was coming off a 7.5-length debut win in February. "From the first time we trained him, we knew he was something special," said owner Ron Sanchez of Rontos Racing Stable. "The next step, we're going to wait and see how he comes out of the race. We'll take our time. We'll wait until next week and decide, but we definitely want to go to the (Kentucky) Derby." Honor Code's trainer Shug McGaughey conceded he was beaten by a better horse on the day. "I'm disappointed he didn't win, but we got a race into him and I don't think Javier [jockey] killed him by any means. We'll see if he goes forward off of this. I think the horse that won is a very, very special horse."