Leading older horse Accelerate to stand at Lane's End Farm

Edited Press Release
August 29, 2018 11:09am

Multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Accelerate, a leading contender for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic, will stand at Lane’s End Farm upon retirement, it was announced Wednesday. 

“Accelerate has proven to be the best mile and a quarter horse in training in America,” said Bill Farish. “In his five starts this year, he’s won four, including three Grade 1s and has run three of the five fastest Beyers all year: 115, 111, 110.”

This year, Accelerate became just the third horse to sweep each of the Santa Anita Handicap, Gold Cup and Pacific Classic, which he won last out by a record 12 1/2 lengths. Accelerate ranks No. 1 in the current NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll ahead of the Triple Crown winner, Justify.

“Accelerate has been a superstar from the beginning,” said trainer John Sadler. “He was a good 3-year-old, running third to two very good horses in the Breeders’ Cup, he beat Arrogate as a 4-year-old, and this year he’s proved he is one of, if not the best, active horses in America.”

Accelerate is from a sire line very familiar with Lane’s End, having stood Champion Sire Smart Strike. Accelerate is by Champion Lookin At Lucky and is out of the stakes-placed dam Issues. He is a half-brother to stakes winners Daddy DT and Amarish. He is inbred to Broodmare of the Year Smartaire, which is the family of Champion 2-year-old filly Smart Angle and successful sire Smarten, who is most notable as the broodmare sire of Smart Strike.

“Accelerate is the kind of horse that we seek out, that we believe in,” said Will Farish. “Tough, sound, fast, classic distance handicap horses. These are the type of racehorses that have made Lane’s End Stallions, what it is today.”

“We have been very fortunate to own a horse of Accelerate’s caliber,” said Kosta Hornis. “Undoubtedly, he will be an exciting addition to the Lane’s End roster and we look forward to following his stallion career upon retirement from racing.”

Accelerate sports a lifetime record of 20-8-5-5 with $2,312,480 in earnings.


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