Accelerate Speeds Away in Big Cap, Gets His Grade I

Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky), used to playing the bridesmaid role, turned back all challengers and splashed clear in the stretch to take center stage in dominating the GI Santa Anita H. Saturday, giving his sire a first North American Grade I winner.

Spending most of his career running second and third to some top-flight horses, the chestnut dominated Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song) and three others in the GII San Diego H. last summer, but finished third behind the re-opposing champion and Collected (City Zip) in the GI Pacific Classic and was a non-factor ninth in the GI Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Second in the GII San Antonio S. Dec. 26, he got back to the winner’s circle with a rail-skimming victory in the GII San Pasqual S. here Feb. 3.

Made the narrow favorite in this wide-open renewal as three runners took enough play to simultaneously be 5-2 on the tote, Accelerate came away well and found a comfortable, stalking spot in second after Giant Expectations (Frost Giant), the expected speed, stumbled at the break. Tracking GI Awesome Again S. hero Mubtaahij (Ire) (Dubawi {Ire}) through solid, but reasonable splits of :23.49 and :47.99, Accelerate turned up the heat on the pacesetter leaving three-quarters behind in 1:12.32. Shortly thereafter, Giant Expectations made his run three deep, and Mubtaahij couldn’t go with that pair as heads pointed for home. Quickly disposing of his new challenger after straightening, Accelerate skipped away entering the final furlong and coasted to the wire 5 1/2 lengths to the good. Mubtaahij re-rallied to get the place spot, ahead of Fear the Cowboy (Cowboy Cal) and Giant Expectations.

Pedigree Notes:

As mentioned, Accelerate is the long-awaited first North American Grade I winner for Coolmore resident Lookin At Lucky, who was previously represented by four Group 1 victors in Chile. Accelerate’s dam went two-for-two to begin her career and was claimed out of both starts en route to four wins in eight tries with a stakes placing. Selling for $ 140,000 to Abbot Bloodstock as a broodmare prospect at KEEJAN in 2007, she hammered for just $ 25,000 to breeder Mike Abraham at KEENOV in 2011 and subsequently RNA’ed for $ 450,000 while in foal to Scat Daddy at FTKNOV in 2014. Second dam Darlin Echo (Eastern Echo) is a half-sister to GISW and sire Wagon Limit (Conquistador Cielo), as well as Taine (Sir Ivor), the dam of MGSW/MGISP Puzzlement (Pine Bluff). Issues is responsible for a juvenile Bernardini colt named Communicator, who sold for $ 300,000 at KEESEP to Twin Creeks Racing, and a yearling colt by the same sire. She was bred to Uncle Mo last spring.

Saturday, Santa Anita Park
SANTA ANITA H. PRESENTED BY SAN MANUEL INDIAN BINGO AND CASINO-GI, $ 600,345, SA, 3-10, 4yo/up, 1 1/4m, 2:01.83, wf.
1–ACCELERATE, 123, h, 5, by Lookin At Lucky
1st Dam: Issues (SP), by Awesome Again
2nd Dam: Darlin Echo, by Eastern Echo
3rd Dam: Darlin Lindy, by Cox’s Ridge
1ST GRADE I WIN. ($ 380,000 Ylg ’14 KEESEP). O-Hronis Racing
LLC; B-Mike Abraham (KY); T-John W. Sadler; J-Victor Espinoza.
$ 355,000. Lifetime Record: 17-6-4-5, $ 1,262,480. *1/2 to
Daddy D T (Scat Daddy), SW & GISP, $ 292,549; and Amarish
(Scat Daddy), SW & GSP, $ 208,519. Werk Nick Rating: A+.[bullet ad=”ir-bloodstock-bred-raised”]2–Mubtaahij (Ire), 122, h, 6, Dubawi (Ire)–Pennegale (Ire), by
Pennekamp. (€450,000 Ylg ’13 ARAUG). O-Sheikh Mohammed
bin Khalifa al Maktoum; B-Dunmore Stud Ltd. (IRE); T-Bob
Baffert. $ 117,000.3–Fear the Cowboy, 118, r, 6, Cowboy Cal–Whom Shall I Fear,
by Soto. ($ 1,500 Ylg ’13 FTKFEB; $ 145,000 RNA 4yo ’16
FTKHRA). O-Kathleen Amaya & Raffaele Centofanti;
B-University of Kentucky (KY); T-Efren Loza, Jr. $ 70,000.
Margins: 5HF, 7, 1 1/4. Odds: 2.50, 2.90, 4.90.
Also Ran: Giant Expectations, Top of the Game, Prime Attraction, Curlin Road. Scratched: Hoppertunity. Click for the chart, the PPs or the free catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

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