TrainerJohn W. Sadler
OwnerHronis Racing LLC
SireLookin At Lucky
Accelerate made a name for himself when he upstaged 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and champion Arrogate in the 2017 San Diego Handicap. He was on target for a repeat in the San Diego, but his connections opted to scratch to avoid competing against eventual winner Catalina Cruiser also owned by Kosta and Pete Hronis and trained by John Sadler. Accelerate now is aiming for the Whitney Stakes at Saratoga Race Course August 4 or the Pacific Classic at Del Mar August 18.
In last year Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile, the ultra-consistent Accelerate finished worse than third for only the second time in his 19-race career. He rebounded to be first or second in his next five starts including a victory in the Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes May 26.
Except for his close runner-up effort in the Oaklawn Handicap, Accelerate has never raced outside California.
He was sold at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale for $380,000. His maternal grandfather Awesome Again won the 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs.