The four-year-old, owned by Saudi Prince Khalid bin Abdullah, has won nine of 10 starts and triumphed in her last eight races including a first Arc victory at Chantilly in 2017. To win the Santa Anita Handicap (in March) was for me probably one or two on my bucket list.
Accelerate's challengers include a strong foreign contingent that features Japanese-bred Yoshida, trained by two-time Classic victor Bill Mott and owned by WinStar Farm and China Horse Club International - who teamed up to take Justify to the Triple Crown.
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.
"The Classic is a newer race but a great race, and he won that so smashingly".
Winning trainer Charlie Appleby, who has had a stellar year, said it's "a bit early" to talk about Line of Duty as a candidate for the Investec Derby next spring.
With 222 points, Roaring Lion now holds a clear lead in both the Cartier Horse of the Year and Cartier 3-year-old colt categories. "I'm more reserved about saying superstar and such until they're a little deeper into their career and seeing how far they can really go".
"We had a Triple Crown victor three years ago", he said, "and that was the first time in 37 years (since Affirmed in 1978), so that sort of took some of the luster off of Justify's achievement-not a lot, just a little bit".More news: Cohen: trump often made racist statements
Trainer Chad Brown confirmed Sunday morning that his nine Breeders' Cup Saturday horses came out of their races well, including Filly & Mare Turf victor Sistercharlie.
Off the board were Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert's duo of West Coast and McKinzie. "That horse, he likes Churchill Downs". "They just exhausted and just didn't have it today".
A year and a half later he seeks redemption on the heels of a victory in the Dubai World Cup.
Gunnevera, Thunder Snow and early pace setter Mendelssohn made things interesting before 70,423, an upside to the absence of horse racing's 13th Triple Crown victor from the Classic.
"It was a big ask for our filly, and she greatly deserved it". Not only was the start of her 2018 campaign delayed by injury, Gosden said there was the "slight hiccup" of a fever between her first start this year, in the September Stakes at Kempton, and the Arc. He came out of his race a year ago with a quarter crack and we fixed that.
As well as yesterday's win in the Turf, the daughter of Nathaniel has won two Arcs and also numbers the King George and the English and Irish Oaks among her seven group one wins.
Enable made history at Churchill Downs in Saturday's US$4m Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf (1m4f).