DEL MAR, California (AP) – Coach John Sadler woke up confidently at Pacific Classic Day, believing he had the best horse in the field.
"The toughest thing of the day was getting into the parking lot," he said.
Accelerate gave Sadler no reason to be worried about his name with a record 12 1/2-length win in the $ 1 million race at Del Mar on Saturday.
He became only the third horse to sweep all three of Southern California's main races for older horses in the same year, joining Lava Man in 2006 and Game On Dude in 2013. They won the Santa Anita Handicap, Gold Cup at the Pacific Classic [19659008AcceleratewasriddenbyJoelRosarioandran11/4milesin2:01:83onthecoastlinenorthofSanDiegoTheprofitmarginwasthebiggestinthe27-yearhistoryoftheraceandimprovedGameOnDude's81/2length
"He put me in a good place and took me outside and we went from there," Rosario said
Rosario moved slightly in the beginning, Rosario moved Accelerate (Accelerate) to pace-setter Roman Rosso (Roman Rosso) and Prime Attraction (Prime Attraction) accelerate the backstretch race of the rail (19659008) Accelerate suddenly from his rival to a four-length lead on the mile and increased his lead over eight lengths in the track while remaining unchallenged after Home drove.
Sadler earned his first Pacific Classic victory in 11 attempts.
Accelerate paid $ 2.80, $ 2.40 and $ 2.10 as a 2-5 favorite in the eight-horse field. The winning prize was the lowest in racing history, beating the previous $ 3 mark by Gentleman in 1997.
The $ 600,000 win increased Accelerate's career gain to $ 2,772,480, with eight wins in 20 starts. He automatically earned a place in the $ 6 million Breeders' Cup Classic in the Churchill Downs in November.
"We will not see many 5 year old horses anymore," said co-owner Kosta Hronis. So it was great that he could stay on track for another year and really grew up and got better.
Pavel returned $ 4.20 and $ 3.40, having already qualified for the BC Classic due to his victory in Stephen Foster in Churchill.
Prime Attraction was another 3 3/4 lengths back on the third place and paid $ 4.20.
Accelerate finished third in last year's Pacific Classic.
This year, he has won four out of five starts and has four victories in six races at Del Mar.
"He's this year better, so you had to imagine that he is better on this track this year, "said Sadler." The only thing that made me nervous was Joel. I told him, "Ride him as if he were the best horse. Do not leave anything cheap in mind. Stay in contact with the leaders. & # 39; He did that. "
Rosario participated in the injured Victor Espinoza aboard the Accelerate.
In other stakes:
– Fatale Bere won the $ 300,000 Del Mar Oaks for 3 year old filly around the neck of Ollie Candy  Under the direction of Kent Desormeaux, Fatale Bear drove 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1: 48.14 and paid $ 16, $ 6.80 and $ 5.20 to 7-1 for coach Leonard Powell.
Ollie's Candy returned $ 4.40 and $ 3.40 while Californiagoldrush paid $ 6.20 to show in Grade 1.
– Fashion Business rallied around the last corner, to win the Del Mar Handicap of $ 250,000 by 5 1/4 lengths and earn an automatic seat in the Breeders Cup Turf this fall.
Under the direction of Flavien Prat, Fashion Business ran 1 3/8 Miles on grass in 2: 13.84 and paid $ 10.20, $ 5.80 and $ 4.20 at 4-1.
Prat began a three-day suspension for careless driving On Friday, however, the racing rules allow him to race on Saturdays and Sundays in certain races involving stakes.
Ya Got Ta Willy returned $ 35 and $ 13.40 while Multiplier still showed 1 1/4 lengths back in the third and paid $ 4.60.
Trained by Phil D & # 39; Amato, Fashion Business earned its first use victory in seven tries. The 4-year-old gelding, a son of Frankel, began his career in England.
Itsinthepost, the 5-2 bet favorite, was seventh, falling to 0-11 in Del Mar.
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