Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Accelerate wins Classic at Churchill Downs

Accelerate wins Classic at Churchill Downs

Game Winner also emerged as one of the year's top Juveniles.

The colt owns a pair of listed stakes victories at York and at Sandown, and was most recently second behind Breeders' Cup favorite Sergei Prokofiev in the Group 3 Cornwallis Stakes at Newmarket.

- Newspaperofrecord rolled to another dominant victory, pulling away down the stretch for a 6 3/4-length win over East in the $1 million Juvenile Fillies Turf.

"She's had a hard year and really it's wonderful she's here today".

"She was training like a monster and ran like a monster", said Louisville-based trainer Brad Cox, who earned his first Cup victory.

"I went for the better ground and she found another gear. he soft ground". A strong first furlough aided the victorious run, with Rosario guiding Accelerate from a wide draw and overtaking Mendelssohn later in the race. And, he just took it from there.

"We had two inches of rain this last 48 hours and her wheels were spinning round the bend, so I took her on a wide trip to get her on fresh ground and then she was comfortable".

Rosario closed out the Breeders' Cup action with a rousing score aboard the undefeated Game Winner.

"She didn't quite come here in the form that she would have come a year ago but she's done it", he said after the filly's first race on US soil.

Game Winner's half-brother Flagstaff (Hip 3117) is cataloged as a racing prospect to the November Sale.

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As for how Accelerate exited the Classic, Sadler said he looked very good Sunday morning. He seemed like he didn't mind that.

"Want to guess how many texts I got?" he asked smiling, before revealing the answer: 102. "He knew what was under him - got there in time".

Jaywalk emerged as the early favorite for the 2019 Kentucky Oaks (G1) with a dominating 5½-length win in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. She soon settled and stalked the pace from mid-pack while her Chad Brown stablemate A Raving Beauty posted lackadaisical opening fractions of:26.20, :51.81, 1:18.56, and 1:43.98 for the opening mile.

Common-pool turnover on Saturday's 12-race Breeders' Cup card was $105,229,197.

The 3-year-old also won the Grade 3 Sham at Santa Anita. "This is what I do every day, every year for my whole career". To me, he's Horse of the Year, there's no doubt.

Europe's other big Classic contender, Roaring Lion, came into the race off four straight victories, but in his first test on dirt was never a factor and finished last.

City of Light romped to a 2¾-length win in the $1 million Dirt Mile for his third Grade 1 victory.

- Line of Duty survived a lengthy postrace review before stewards upheld his half-length victory over Uncle Benny in the $1 million Juvenile Turf. The Godolphin homebred was piloted by William Buick for trainer Charles Appleby.

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

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