Horse of the Year contender Accelerate worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.40 at Santa Anita on Saturday morning, preparing for his final race in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26. It was the fastest of 18 works at the distance, the average time of which was 1:14.96.
“He galloped out (seven furlongs) in (one) 27.41,” said trainer John Sadler, who had assistant trainer Juan Leyva aboard for the drill. “He worked really well, just like himself . . . He went great. I like to think he's on the same pattern he was before he won the Pacific Classic.
“He might work seven furlongs next Saturday, or possibly three quarters in company and gallop out. That will be the biggest work of the series, next Saturday.”
Accelerate is scheduled to ship Monday, Jan. 21, for North America's richest race to be decided at 1 1/8 miles.
Breeders' Cup Classic winner Accelerate worked 6F in 1:13.40 at @santaanitapark on January 5th for @johnwsadler. Accelerate is expected to make his next start in the @PegasusWorldCup at @GulfstreamPark. @BreedersCup View more of your favorite stars on https://t.co/vCZgVVRYIS pic.twitter.com/HTvTvBaINq
— XBTV (@WatchXBTV) January 5, 2019
Also working Saturday for the Pegasus World Cup was City of Light, the only horse to defeat Accelerate this year, having done so in the Oaklawn Handicap last April.
The son of Quality Road went five furlongs for Michael McCarthy in a bullet 1:00, fastest of 102 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:02.45.
Don't miss Horse of the Year candidate's Accelerate's latest work from this morning here and the feature piece courtesy of Santa Anita Park and XBTV on trainer John Sadler leading into the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Series on January 26.
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