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).”
Multiple G1 winner Accelerate worked 5F in :59.80 at @santaanitapark on October 20th for trainer @johnwsadler. He will make his next start in the @BreedersCup Classic. Visit https://t.co/vCZgVVRYIS to catch more #BC18 works on-demand! pic.twitter.com/jHrGEcBsax
— XBTV (@WatchXBTV) October 20, 2018
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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