Hronis Racing’s Accelerate just got up on the line to win Saturday’s Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby, but the stewards immediately posted the inquiry sign after the horses crossed the wire. After a lengthy deliberation, the stewards decided not to make any changes to the order of finish, leaving the sophomore son of Lookin at Lucky on top to record his first graded stakes victory. Under Tyler Baze, Accelerate covered nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:48.48 for trainer John Sadler to mark the colt’s third win in a row.
Well off the inside rail, Chris and Dave took out to the early lead, setting a solid first quarter in :23.68. Semper Fortis tracked him along the rail, with Accelerate and Blackjackcat close behind. Eased up in the second quarter, the field bunched around Chris and Dave as he marked the half mile fraction in :48.17, still nearly four paths off the rail down the backstretch. Entering the far turn, Semper Fortis moved through the hole along the rail to take the lead, but Accelerate and Blackjackcat were in close pursuit.
Having gone wide around Chris and Dave, Accelerate widest of all, both he and Blackjackcat battled three abreast with Semper Fortis. Accelerate appeared to come in toward Blackjackcat between horses at nearly the same time that Semper Fortis came out, though Blackjackcat was also running in spurts to the right and left. Nearing the wire, Accelerate was just able to get past Semper Fortis for the win, but Blackjackcat had sharply adjusted his course with 100 yards to run, leading to the inquiry.
With no change, the order of finish was led by Accelerate by a head over Semper Fortis, with Blackjackcat another half-length back in third. Mishegas was fourth.
Bred in Kentucky by Mike Abraham, Accelerate was a $ 380,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase. In his last out, the colt captured the Shared Belief Stakes at Del Mar immediately after his maiden-breaking effort. Overall, Accelerate boasts a record of three wins from six starts, with earnings of over $ 230,000.
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