2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic: Accelerate Prevails, Ends Trainer’s Drought

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate rolled from just off the pace to prevail as the 5-2 favorite in Saturday’s $5,358,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.
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2018 Breeders Cup Classic
In addition to crowning an Eclipse-worthy campaign for himself, Accelerate, the 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky erased trainer John Sadler’s winless Breeders’ Cup record. | Photo: Courtesy Breeders' Cup/Candice Chavez/Eclipse Sportswire/CSM

Hronis Racing’s Accelerate rolled from just off the pace to prevail as the 5-2 favorite in Saturday’s $5,358,000 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade 1) at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.

In addition to crowning an Eclipse-worthy campaign for himself, the 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky erased trainer John Sadler’s winless Breeders’ Cup record.

Sadler entered Saturday with a 0-for-41 career mark in the Breeders’ Cup, and the stat took on added intensity as the day progressed. After his Filly & Mare Sprint (Grade 1) runner, Selcourt, tired to 12th as a 5-1 chance, the Southern California-based horseman was widely expected to get on the board in the Dirt Mile (Grade 1). Sadler had the red-hot 4-5 favorite, Catalina Cruiser, only to see his hitherto unbeaten colt fade to sixth. The shut-out became agonizing in the Mile (Grade 1) on turf, when his 7-1 Catapult took the lead a few strides from the wire but got nailed by British shipper Expert Eye

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