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Ron Sanchez, a different kind of owner, seeks first Triple Crown win with Social Inclusion

Ron Sanchez, a different kind of owner, seeks first Triple Crown win with Social Inclusion

Ron Sanchez's roots in horse racing go deep into his childhood in Caracas, Venezuela, where his maternal grandmother took him to the races every weekend at La Rinconada, the country's largest and oldest track.

"I was five years old and we'd walk all the way to the track, it's like two miles," Sanchez recalled Monday at Pimlico. "I fall in love [with horse racing]. Once you get here [to the race track], it's impossible to get out."

Though Sanchez also dreamed of becoming a major league baseball player — he was a member of the Venezuelan national team in his late teens and said he "almost signed" a pro contract — the love of racing never...

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