Saturday, 17 May 2014

Social Inclusion Is California Chrome's Biggest Threat Entering 2014 Preakness

There might not be a single horse in the 2014 Preakness Stakes field capable of spoiling California Chrome's hopes of continuing his Triple Crown bid, but if there's one, it's Social Inclusion.

Handled by 85-year-old trainer Manny Azpurua, Social Inclusion is one of nine horses with the opportunity to end what has been one of the most hyped chances to end the more than 30-year Triple Crown drought in recent memory on Saturday.

The opening morning-line odds released by after the post positions announcement prove that Social Inclusion is California Chrome's biggest threat, at 5-1, joining the Kentucky Derby winner as the only horses with better than 10-1 odds.

It's not hard to see why.

In the colt's first two career races, it became immediately apparent Social Inclusion would be one of the names to watch in the Triple Crown circuit this summer. A 7 1/2-length victory in his first career race at Gulfstream Park in six furlongs proved just how dangerous the horse could be.

Less than a month later, Social Inclusion had another victory under his belt—a 10-length one at 1 1/16 miles that was even more impressive than his first victory.

Social Inclusion did eventually fail to win a race after being relegated to third place by a nose in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial Stakes at 1 1/8 miles, behind Kentucky Derby impressers Samraat and Wicked Strong.

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