Accelerate, who is 2-for-2 since being stretched out by trainer John Sadler, will try for his first graded stakes victory in the $200,000-guaranteed Los Alamitos Derby Saturday at Los Alamitos.
A Grade II for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles, the Derby is the eighth of nine races. Post time Saturday is 2 p.m. Scheduled post time for the Derby is 5:30 p.m.
There will also be a Los Alamitos carryall bag giveaway – one per paid admission while supplies last.
Owned by the Hronis Racing LLC of Kosta and Pete Hronis, Accelerate, who failed to win in three sprints to begin his career, defeated maidens by nearly nine lengths at one mile July 28 at Del Mar, then returned Aug. 26 to capture the Shared Belief Stakes at the same distance.
A son of Lookin At Lucky and the Awesome Again mare Issues, Accelerate has banked $116,880 in five starts.
Purchased for $360,000 at the 2014 Keeneland September sale, Accelerate finished second in his lone start at Los Alamitos. He was beaten by a half-length by Westbrook in his debut at six furlongs April 17 while finishing a neck in front of much-troubled 1-2 favorite Arrogate, who is since undefeated in four starts, including a record-setting win in the Grade I Travers Aug. 27 at Saratoga.
Accelerate’s Saturday opponents will include the 2-4 finishers – Semper Fortis and Mishegas – in the Shared Belief.
Trained by Doug O’Neill for Reddam Racing LLC, Semper Fortis was 14-1 when beaten by a half-length nearly four weeks ago.
A son of Distorted Humor and the Unbridled’s Song mare Rebridled Dreams, Semper Fortis has won two of eight and banked $88,460.
Trained by Art Sherman for Zvika Akin, Robert Bach, GP Stables LP and William Zellerbach, Mishegas, who is stabled at Los Alamitos, has three wins in 13 races and earnings of $94,070. The gelded son of Include and the Golden Missile mare Peachez’n’Kreme has won over his home track, taking an optional claimer by 13 ¼ lengths last Dec. 11.
Sixth as the lukewarm favorite in the Grade II Del Mar Derby on turf Sept. 4, Blackjackcat will make his first start on dirt since finishing fifth in his May 7 debut at six furlongs.
Owned by breeders Al and Saundra Kirkwood and trained by Mark Glatt, the Tale of the Cat gelding and Go for Gin mare Bootleg Annie is 2-for-4 and has earned $74,065.
Chris and Dave returns to dirt after a game win on turf Aug. 5 at Del Mar in his first start after being claimed for $25,000 by Cunningham Stables, Louise Ford, David Medina, Jeanne Skellan and trainer Mike Pender.
A Bluegrass Cat gelding out of the Distorted Humor mare Stolen Humor, Chris and Dave is 4-for-13 with earnings of $81,870. He finished a distant third in a $12,500 claimer at six furlongs in his only previous start at Los Alamitos May 1.
Sugar Buzz returns to Southern California after consecutive upset victories on the Northern California Fair circuit.
Owned by Charles Lo and trained by Efrain Miranda, the 3-year-old Include gelding out of the Elusive Quality mare Elusive Sugar won a $27,675 allowance when 10-1 July 3 at Oak Tree/Pleasanton, then switched to turf and posted an 8-1 surprise in the Robert Dupret Derby Aug. 6 at Santa Rosa. Sugar Buzz is 4-for-11 with a bankroll of $98,785.
Curlin Road broke his maiden by a nose in his Los Alamitos debut Sept. 15 for Kathleen and Albert Mattivi LLC and trainer Steve Knapp. The Curlin gelding out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Spread has earned $65,225 in 12 starts.
Arizona Moon comes off a sixth place finish when 48-1 in an optional claimer Sept. 9 in his first local race.
Owned by John J. Campo III and trained by Stacy Campo, the Macho Uno colt out of the Malibu Moon mare Phoenician Moon has won twice – both at Turf Paradise - in 11 starts and has banked $45,792.
From inside out, the field for the Los Alamitos Derby: Arizona Moon, Brice Blanc rides, 122 pounds; Mishegas, Stewart Elliott, 122; Curlin Road, Fernando Perez, 122; Chris and Dave, Martin Pedroza, 122; Semper Fortis, Santiago Gonzalez, 122, Sugar Buzz, Norberto Arroyo, Jr., 122; Accelerate, Tyler Baze, 122 and Blackjackcat, Gary Stevens, 122.
Source: Los Alamitos Race Course