Watch: Accelerate, City of Light work for Pegasus World Cup

Ed Golden, Santa Anita
January 11, 2019 03:39pm

Horse of the Year finalist Accelerate had his penultimate workout Friday morning at Santa Anita Park for the Grade 1, $9 million Pegasus World Cup at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 26, going seven furlongs in a bullet 1:27.20 with assistant trainer Juan Leyva astride.

“I got him in 1:27 and (galloping) out a mile in (one) 40 and four-fifths, so it was a good long-distance work,” said John Sadler, who trains the 5-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky for principal clients Kosta and Peter Hronis.

“On this track, it’s not super-fast. He’ll come back next week with more of a blowout type work, like five-eighths or something like that. But I’m glad we got this one in today because of the weather. It’s going to rain tomorrow and we’ve got a lot of rain next week.”

Accelerate is scheduled to ship a week from Monday, Jan. 21, to Florida, for North America’s richest race, to be run at 1 1/8 miles. “He’ll school in the gate here this week and school in the gate at Gulfstream,” Sadler said.

Asked his thoughts on Horse of the Year, even though votes already have been submitted, with the announcement due Jan. 24, Sadler said, “Whatever happened (with the votes) has already happened, but I’m not worried about it, because Bob (Baffert, trainer of Triple Crown king and Horse of the Year finalist Justify) told me we finished second.”

Also Friday, City of Light, who could go as the second choice in the Pegasus, breezed at Santa Anita. The Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner went five furlongs in 1:00.80 for trainer Michael McCarthy.


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