Classic Favorite Accelerate ‘Went Very Well,’ Tops Breeders’ Cup Workers At Santa Anita

by | 10.20.2018 | 3:40pm
Accelerate, shown during an Oct. 20 work at Santa Anita Park

Breeders' Cup Classic favorite Accelerate had his penultimate workout at Santa Anita Saturday for the $6 million race at Churchill Downs Nov. 3, going five furlongs under assistant trainer Juan Leyva in 59.80.

“He went very well,” trainer John Sadler said of the multiple Grade I winner owned by principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis. “I had him in a minute flat, but we're splitting hairs there. He had another nice gallop out. I had him out (seven furlongs) in (one) 26.

“(Bob) Baffert clocked him, too. He was standing right next to me and he says, ‘I don't like it,' so I felt good. Accelerate will have one more work here, either Friday or Saturday next week, and he ships Sunday (Oct. 28).”

Michael McCarthy supervised drills for a quartet of Breeders' Cup candidates Saturday: multiple Grade I winner City of Light (Dirt Mile/Classic), five furlongs in a bullet 59 flat, fastest of 40 works at the distance, the average time of which was 1:01.07; Liam the Charmer (Turf), five furlongs in 1:01.40; Paved (Filly & Mare Turf), five furlongs also in 1:01.40; and Vibrance (Juvenile Fillies), five furlongs in 1:00.40.

Gunmetal Gray, early third choice for the Juvenile, went six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.40 for Jerry Hollendorfer. It was the fastest of 11 works at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.69.

In all, there were 145 works at Santa Anita Saturday, eight on the training track.

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