Breeders' Cup Classic winner Accelerate was bright-eyed the morning after his triumphant victory at Churchill Downs, and trainer John Sadler told drf.com that the colt was in good shape. Plans call for the 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky to spend a few days at Lanes End Farm this week, where he will stand stud for the 2019 season. Following that, Accelerate will rejoin his trainer in Southern California to prep for the Pegasus World Cup at the end of January.
Classic runner-up Gunnevera, third in the Pegasus last year, is based in South Florida and will point to the race once again.
“We will run him in the Pegasus,” said trainer Antonio Sano. “I'm very proud of my horse. He ran a very good race.”
Third-place finisher Thunder Snow will head back overseas and be pointed to try for a repeat in the Dubai World Cup in March, while fourth-place finisher Yoshida will be kept on dirt for a possible tilt at the Pegasus as well.
Joining the Classic performers in that spot could be Dirt Mile winner City of Light, owner William Warren said in the post-race press conference on Saturday. City of Light will also look to make his next start in the G1 Cigar Mile, as is possible for Mind Your Biscuits, who finished 11th in the Classic. Mind Your Biscuits is slated to retire to stud in Japan at the end of 2018, so the Pegasus is not on his radar as of right now.
Trainer Dallas Stewart was pleased with how Charles Fipke's homebred Seeking the Soul exited his valiant runner-up effort in the Dirt Mile, confirming that the son of Fipke's Perfect Soul will point toward big winter and early spring targets. The $9 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational and $12 million Dubai World Cup are possibly in the cards, he confirmed.
“He's great today,” Stewart said. “Hopefully we can move on to the Pegasus and earn an invite to Dubai.”
Another possible Pegasus candidate is Distaff winner Monomoy Girl, according to part-owner Sol Kumin.
“I think we will take a look at the Pegasus,” Kumin said after her one-length victory over Wow Cat. “I think it's a good distance for her. She
gets a little bit of a break before the race. Speed favoring track at Gulfstream. She'll get obviously a little bit of a weight break. I think that would be the only race that we would probably look at.”
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