Aqueduct Racetrack Notes - March 29
By NYRA Press Office | 03/29/2014 01:49 PM ET
Social Inclusion turns in fast final breeze for G1 TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial
G2 Gazelle contender Sweet Reason,TwinSpires.com Wood aspirant Noble Moon breeze at Belmont
Japan racing now available on Saturday evenings
Social Inclusion is set to van north to Aqueduct Racetrack for next Saturday's Grade 1, $1 million TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial after breezing four furlongs in 46.80 seconds on Saturday at Gulfstream Park. The move was the second-quickest of 51 at the distance.
The lightly raced son of Pioneerof the Nile covered the first quarter-mile in :23 2/5 seconds and galloped out five furlongs in :59 3/5, according to owner Ronald Sanchez.
"Very easy. Marvelous," said Sanchez by telephone. "He went fast and easy."
It was the third breeze in a week for Social Inclusion, who went four furlongs in 49.34 last Saturday and three furlongs in 35.42 on Wednesday.
Sanchez said Social Inclusion will depart Gulfstream at 5 a.m. on Sunday and is scheduled to arrive at Aqueduct around 5 or 6 a.m. Monday. He'll gallop up to the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.
Social Inclusion has posted a pair of dominant wins in two starts at Gulfstream, posting a 7 ½-length victory in a six-furlong maiden event on February 22 and a 10-length score over graded stakes winner Honor Code in a 1 1/16-mile allowance on March 12.
Treadway Racing Stable's Noble Moon, a possible starter in the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial, and Sweet Reason, bound for the Grade 2, $300,000 Gazelle on the Wood undercard, had their final serious preparations for next Saturday's races this morning over a fast Belmont Park training track.
The duo went out together, with NYRA clockers catching Sweet Reason in 1:14.47 for six furlongs and crediting Noble Moon with a one-mile move in 1:45.43.
"Sweet Reason remains on schedule for the Gazelle, and we're going to wait to see how Noble Moon comes out of his work before we make a decision on the Wood," said Gyarmati. "I was happy with the way they went, and the way he galloped out. If he's tearing apart the stall in a day or two, we'll take a shot. If not, we'll wait."
Sweet Reason, a winner of three of five starts including the Grade 1 Spinaway, made a successful 2014 debut on March 14, taking a one-mile optional claimer by a half-length. Noble Moon, a two-length winner of the Grade 2 Jerome, broke his maiden in front-running style on September 14 at Belmont and rallied from 12th to finish third behind winner Cairo Prince and Financial Mogul in the Grade 2 Nashua on November 13 at the Big A.
Racing fans in New York will have the unique opportunity to watch and wager on Japan racing beginning tonight, March 29, and continuing on Saturdays except for April 5.
First post will be at 9:05 p.m. ET and free past performances, as well as information on Japanese racing, will be available on nyrarewards.com.
Wagering will be available through nyrarewards.com. Guests at Aqueduct and the Belmont Café can bet on Japan races until the end of the Yonkers program (approximately 11:20 p.m.). Telephone wagering is available until 3 a.m.