Ac­cel­er­ate wins Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic

The Oklahoman (Sunday) - - SPORTS -

Ac­cel­er­ate took the lead at the top of the stretch and held off Gun­n­ev­era to win the $6 mil­lion Breed­ers’ Cup Clas­sic by a length Satur­day in Louisville, Ken­tucky, strength­en­ing his bid for Horse of the Year over Triple Crown win­ner Jus­tify.

The race lacked the re­tired Jus­tify and left a wide-open field, which the chest­nut 5-year-old horse even­tu­ally over­took af­ter break­ing from the No. 14 post as the fa­vorite. Ac­cel­er­ate made a sweep­ing move in the far turn and was in charge at the top of the stretch, then held off Gun­n­ev­era for his fifth con­sec­u­tive Grade 1 vic­tory and sixth of seven over­all this year.

That gave trainer John Sadler his first Breed­ers’ Cup win since his first starter 30 years ago.

Rid­den by Joel Rosario, Ac­cel­er­ate cov­ered 1 ¼ miles in 2:02.93 and paid $7.40, $6 and $4.40.

Gun­n­ev­era re­turned $21.80 and $11.80, while Thun­der Snow paid $8 in re­deem­ing him­self at Churchill Downs af­ter a last-place fin­ish in the 2017 Ken­tucky Derby.

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