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Video: On board for Accelerate's latest Pegasus World Cup work

Breeders’ Cup winner — and likely Eclipse Award champion — Accelerate remained on schedule Saturday morning for the Jan. 26 Pegasus World Cup, breezing a half mile at Santa Anita Park.

Thanks to XBTV, you can experience an on-board view from the soon-to-be Champion Older Male Dirt Horse as he completed the four furlongs in 48.60 seconds, 13th-fastest of 65 horses at that distance.



This breeze marked the Hronis Racing-owned and John Sadler-trained Accelerate’s second since he won the Classic. Age 5, the horse will retire to Lane’s End Farm after the $9 million Pegasus and begin his breeding career with the upcoming season.

Sadler’s exercise rider, Juan Leyva, was in the irons for Saturday’s breeze, which you can also see from a more traditional perspective below.

Earlier this month, Sadler told us that Accelerate "really looks super," and he considers the timeframe between the Breeders' Cup and Pegasus ideal.

“The sheets — the competition’s in for trouble,” Sadler said of the handicapping tool often used by horsement, “because he ran a 1 in the Pacific Classic, then kind of bounced to 3 3/4 — well, not bounced, but ran a little slower in the Awesome Again. He matched that number in the Breeders’ Cup, so I feel like he’s going back down to a 1 for this next race.”


 

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