Ac­cel­er­ate ends trainer Sadler’s lengthy drought


The 45th time was the

John Sadler. charm for

The Cal­i­for­nia-based trainer had the most talked-about drought go­ing into this week­end’s Breed­ers’ Cup but Ac­cel­er­ate fi­nally put him in the win­ners’ cir­cle by win­ning the $6-mil­lion Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic on Satur­day.

“It was ob­vi­ously a point of ir­ri­ta­tion for me,” Sadler said. “But we got the big one so it’s a good day.”

Joel Rosario, Rid­den by Ac­cel­er­ate, sent off as the 5-2 fa­vorite, sat four lengths back early in the 1 ¼-mile race. He made the lead from pace­set­ter Men­delssohn at the quar­ter­pole and had enough to hold off a clos­ing Gun­n­ev­era to win by a length.

“He’s the kind of horse you have to ride the whole way,” Rosario, who won two Cup races on Fri­day, said. “When he took the lead, for a sec­ond he was wait­ing for other horses.”

A five-year-old, Ac­cel­er­ate took his game an­other notch this year, win­ning the Santa Anita Hand­i­cap, the Gold Cup at Santa Anita, and the Pa­cific Clas­sic at Del Mar. He is now 10-for-22 life­time and though triple crown win­ner Jus­tify is the likely horse of the year, Ac­cel­er­ate clinched an Eclipse Award him­self with the win.

Eight other Cup races were run on Satur­day to go with the five for two-year-olds that were con­tested on Fri­day.


The star of Satur­day’s show was En­able and the su­per filly did not dis­ap­point in the $4-mil­lion Turf. Rid­den by Frankie Det­tori, the four-yearold raced out­side, never far from the lead. She made her move at the top of the stretch at the same time as an­other Euro­pean star, Mag­i­cal. The two fil­lies went through the stretch away from the rest of the field in their own pri­vate

John match race with the Gos­den

trainee show­ing her im­mense class at the end.

The first horse to sweep the Prix de l’Arc de Tri­om­phe and the Breed­ers’ Cup Turf in the same year, En­able has now won 10 of her 11 races.

Det­tori’s other win came in the $2 mil­lion Mile with Ex­pert Eye. The three-year-old used a strong late burst to surge past Cat­a­pult at the wire at odds of 5-1. It was the fifth win in 10

Michael starts for the Sir Stoute-trained

colt. Both En­able and Ex­pert Eye are owned by Jud­dmonte Farms.

Wood­bine Mile win­ner Os­car Per­for­mance broke poorly and fin­ished last.


Mark Casse Trainer en­joyed his fifth ca­reer Breed­ers’ Cup win when Sham­rock Rose, a two-time stakes win­ner at Wood­bine, edged out Chalon at odds of 25-1 in the $1-mil­lion Filly and

Irad Mare Sprint. Rid­den by Or­tiz Jr.,

Sham­rock Rose was among many who sat back of the fast early pace, out­gam­ing 4-5 fa­vorite Mar­ley’s Free­dom among oth­ers in the stretch.

The Penn­syl­va­nia bred re­cently won the La Lorgnette Stakes at Wood­bine and last year, opened her ca­reer with a win in the On­tario Debu­tante Stakes and a sec­ond-place fin­ish in the Mazarine Stakes.


Last year,

Peter trainer Miller

won his first two Breed­ers’ Cup races. He won two again on Satur­day with the same horses. First, Stormy Lib­eral de­fended his ti­tle in the $1-mil­lion Turf Sprint, surg­ing late af­ter a stretch-long duel to de­feat World of Trou­ble. Giv­ing

Dray­den Van Dyke jockey his first Breed­ers’ Cup win, the sixyear-old geld­ing stayed close to the pace early be­fore mak­ing his move to win his 12th race in 30 ca­reer starts.

Then Roy H du­pli­cated his sta­ble­mate’s feat, win­ning the $2 mil­lion Sprint again. Giv­ing

Paco Lopez jockey his first Cup win, Roy H camped on the out­side of the early speed and took com­mand at the top of the stretch, clear­ing off down the lane to a three­length win. The six-year-old geld­ing now has nine wins in 22 starts.


Monomoy Girl stamped her­self as the best three-yearold filly in many years with her win in the $2-mil­lion

Florent Distaff. Rid­den by Ger­oux,

the three-year-old filly re­laxed in sec­ond early as Cana­dian run­ner Won­der Gadot went to the lead. At the top of the stretch, Monomoy Girl took com­mand and was never threat­ened af­ter that. The Ken­tucky Oaks win­ner

Brad Cox pro­vided trainer with his first Cup win. Sent off as the 9-5 favourite, Monomoy Girl has now won nine of 11 starts. Won­der Gadot faded to ninth while Abel Tas­man, the 2017 Ken­tucky Oaks win­ner, faded to last in the 11-horse field.

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