Hronis Racing LLC's Accelerate schooled in the paddock at Gulfstream Park during Thursday's first race in preparation for a start in Saturday's $9-million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1).
“He's the picture of health,” said Juan Leyva, assistant to trainer John Sadler, while watching the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Pegasus get acquainted with the paddock and walking ring.
Accelerate, who arrived from Southern California Tuesday evening, was accompanied during the schooling session by stablemate Catapult, Woodford Racing's 6-year-old son of Kitten's Joy who is rated second at 7-2 in the morning line for Saturday's $7-million Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1).
“They're both doing really well. They've taken to their surroundings very well,” said Leyva, who rode in South Florida before retiring in 2017 and joining Sadler's stable in Southern California. “The first day it was just getting acclimated a little to the humidity here, but now they're doing awesome. They're bright. They're happy.”
Accelerate, the $6-million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner, is a finalist for the 2018 Horse of the Year title that will be announced at Thursday evening's Eclipse Awards dinner in Gulfstream's Sport of Kings facility.
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