THE WAIT IS OVER
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.
TWO FOR FRANKIE
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.
ON THE MARK
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.
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.