Accelerate wins Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs | Professional

Elena Summers
November 6, 2018

"It was a big ask for the filly and everyone knows she's had a hard year", said Gosden, winning his first Turf, but fifth Breeders' Cup prize. Sent to post as the even-money favorite for trainer Bob Baffert and owners Gary and Mary West, Game Winner was forced wide into the opening turn, but showed marked determination to reel in a stubborn Knicks Go to secure a 2 ¼-length win.

As for how Accelerate exited the Classic, Sadler said he looked very good Sunday morning.

The two-year-old filly was chosen as one of 12 runners for the 5½-furlong Juvenile Turf Sprint on “Future Stars Friday” and produced a gutsy display to earn $50,000 for her handlers.

In fact, the Classic is a truly an global test this year with Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) victor Thunder Snow (IRE) and UAE Derby Sponsored by Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group (G2) victor Mendelssohn, who enters the Classic off a third-place finish in the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes (G1) September 29 at Belmont Park.

"I would have liked to have come here on the crest of a wave, but she has won an Arc". The Distaff is the fifth Grade 1 win for the daughter of Tapizar, who won Keeneland's Central Bank Ashland (G1) and Kentucky Oaks (G1) at Churchill Downs in the spring.

"We had two inches of rain this last 48 hours and her wheels were spinning round the bend, so I took her on a wide trip to get her on fresh ground and then she was comfortable".


"He broke really well", Rosario said of Accelerate.

"Frankie was great on him", Stoute said.

The California-based trainer had the most talked-about drought going into this weekend's Breeders' Cup but Accelerate finally put him in the winners' circle by winning the $6-million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr.'s City of Light, front-running victor of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, is scheduled to return to trainer Michael McCarthy's Southern California base early Monday morning. They took no action. Jaywalk has now won four of her five career starts. "We believe in searching out facts and society needs to get back to searching out facts and truth", he said. He said he will consider "next year, more than I ever have", contesting Royal Ascot with Newspaperofrecord.

I'm starting my card for the $1 million Turf Sprint with the No. 11 World of Trouble (6-1).

Mendelssohn, a familiar name from the Triple Crown circuit earlier in the year, rounded the turn ahead of the pack in what's always been deemed the Super Bowl of horse racing.

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