Accelerate ends Sadler's lengthy drought with Breeders' Cup victory

39;Fans really like it' Breeders' Cup contenders got modest starts

The anticipated culmination of horse racing season arrived on Saturday at Churchill Downs, and it did with Accelerate bursting through the finish line in first at the 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic.

The race lacked the retired 3-year-old star and left a wide-open field, which the 5-year-old chestnut horse eventually overtook after breaking from the No. 14 post as the favorite. She has nine wins and a third in 10 starts and more than $8.5 million in career earnings. Ridden by Florent Geroux, the three-year-old filly relaxed in second early as Canadian runner Wonder Gadot went to the lead.

Yesterdays race was Queen Of Bermudas last outing under Suffolk-based trainer William Haggas as she is set to switch to H. Graham Motions Maryland stable in the United States. She did it today with sheer guts and determination.

RaceBets make Enable the 4-1 favourite from 5-1 to win a third Arc in 2019.

From there, fellow Euro raider Magical provided the biggest threat, but Enable was very much able to dismiss her, powering home for a decisive victory. Fabre's defending champion Talismanic will be inside Enable in stall one.

Last year, trainer Peter Miller won his first two Breeders' Cup races. On the other hand, eight of the last 10 winners have traveled from overseas, including the last three, and Enable is fresh, having only raced twice this season. Early this year, McKinzie stood as the best colt in Baffert's barn and his most promising prospect heading to the Kentucky Derby.

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His signature win in the Breeders' Cup Classic should solidify his credentials for multiple honors. He won the Grade 1 Woodward this summer in his first race over a dirt surface. "The horses aren't used to it and they start losing the rhythm of their breathing".

"I am just thankful to be back here", he said.

The hot prospect for the $3.3 million first prize in the one-and-a-quarter mile race - the same distance as the Kentucky Derby - is the John Sadler-trained Accelerate, a multiple victor at the top level in the US. All of his wins came in the state of California with one miss coming at Oaklawn Park in Arkansas where he finished second in the Oaklawn Handicap back in April.

Ridden by Joel Rosario, Accelerate showed some reluctance to enter the starting gate, but he broke cleanly and settled in as the Aidan O'Brien-trained Mendelssohn took the lead under Ryan Moore and blazed through a sizzling first quarter-mile. World of Trouble battled on tenaciously under a left-handed stick from Irad Ortiz, Jr., clinging to the slimmest of leads, but Stormy Liberal, who has made a habit of cutting it close in his victories this year, called yet again on that never-say-die constitution and reeled in World of Trouble in the dying strides. He came out of his race previous year with a quarter crack and we fixed that. Justify's ankle issue led Baffert to retire the colt in July, eliminating the opportunity to follow 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah in pursuit of a rare grand slam.

Monomoy Girl stamped herself as the best three-year-old filly in many years with her win in the $2-million Distaff.

Mind Your Biscuits, Catholic Boy and Japan-bred Yoshida are also given decent chances by oddsmakers.

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