Accelerate wins Breeders' Cup Classic

Jo Caldwell
November 6, 2018

The 45th time was the charm for John Sadler.

Sadler was 0-44 in Breeders' Cup starts coming into the 1 1/4-mile showpiece of the $30 million festival, including a close call in the Mile earlier in the day at Louisville, Kentucky.

"This is a huge win for me", said Baffert, who second-guessed himself during Game Winner's rough start before his pupil recovered. "But we got the big one so it's a good day". He made the lead from pacesetter Mendelssohn at the quarter-pole and had enough to hold off a closing Gunnevera to win by a length. With Dubai, Hong Kong, Australia, and others trying to land the world's top horses, Delgado said Breeders' Cup has to compete.

"The emotions and the highs and lows I have gone through in this game in the past year are indescribable", said Miller, a California-based trainer who lost five horses stabled at San Luis Rey Downs near Del Mar when a wildfire swept through in December and 46 horses based at the facility perished.

It happened around 4 p.m. Saturday.

"Records are there to be broken", the 47-year-old Dettori said Wednesday.

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Champion mare Enable, who created history by becoming the first horse to win the Breeders' Cup Turf and a Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in the same season pleased trainer John Gosden this morning when he went to see the daughter of Nathaniel.

Dettori was elated after the win, raising his fists in triumph. The three-year-old used a strong late burst to surge past Catapult at the wire at odds of 5-1. Jockey Florent Geroux collected his fifth win.

Woodbine Mile victor Oscar Performance broke poorly and finished last.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Game Winner covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.67 and paid $4, $3.20 and $2.80.

"She didn't quite come here in the form she would have past year, but she's done it".

Reluctant to go into the stalls, Accelerate was ready to race once they opened and soon had a decent position from his wide draw, as Ryan Moore set the pace on Mendelssohn. He won two again on Saturday with the same horses.

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It would be hard to dethrone Justify, racing's 13th Triple Crown victor, for the award, but the 3-year-old retired this summer after just six lifetime races against his own age group. She also won the Kentucky Oaks, Acorn and Coaching Club American Oaks.

"She ran the way she was training", said trainer Brad Cox.

Newspaperofrecord posted her third straight dominating win in the Juvenile Fillies Turf, leading all the way to a 6 3/4-lengths victory. Wonder Gadot faded to ninth while Abel Tasman, the 2017 Kentucky Oaks victor, faded to last in the 11-horse field.

"In favor of Enable, she has only raced twice, is very fresh and seems to have traveled over well, and she's shown her versatility winning around Chester and Epsom and also a King George on soft ground".

There is the current frontrunner for the Cartier Award as Europe's Horse of the Year, Roaring Lion, who already has won four group 1 races this year in England and Ireland. However, last Sunday Castellano got aboard City of Light and worked a half-mile in 47 3/5, the third fastest move of 113 at the distance that morning.

Bulletin, a City Zip colt trained by Todd Pletcher, ran 5 1/2 furlongs on good turf in 1:05.54 with Javier Castellano up.

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