Foaled in 2013 this Kentucky bred stallion, Accelerate, was purchased for $380,000 by Hronis Racing at the 2014 Keeneland Yearling Sale. Sired by Lookin at Lucky, who won the 2010 Preakness Stakes and four other Grade 1 races, foaled by the stakes-palced Awesome Again mare Issues. Needless to say his pedigree stood out to Kosta and Pete Hronis.
Accelerate did not race until April of his 3-year-old season. That year his career was nothing special, he made his debut on the track in a 6-furlong Maiden Special Weight on April 17 at Los Alamitos Race Course, where he finished 2nd. That year he trained for his first attempt in a grade 1 race, the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Finishing in third a neck behind Gun Runner and 3 1/2 lengths behind the winner, Tamarkuz.
His 4-year-old season culminated in several 2nd and 3rd place wins until the GII San Diego Handicap. The race was 1 1/16 mile and for the first time he wore blinkers and had a rider change. With the odds stacked against him he went out to race against the American Champion 3-year-old Male, Arrogate, who had not lost a race since his debut. Accelerate entered the homestretch with a 7-length lead and widened the margin to 8 1/2 lengths as he passed the wire, defeating Arrogate. He gave the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile a second try that year at Del Mar. He was never comfortable and finished ninth, his worst finish of his career.
As a 5-year-old he began his season in the GII San Pasqual Stakes. After breaking awkwardly he was forced to settle at the back of the pack. When the rail opened up for him again at the head of the homestretch, Accelerate moved through and took the lead winning by 1 3/4 lengths. His 5-year-old season resulted in several wins along the way but he finally got a chance to redeem himself at the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on November 3rd, 2018. He drew post position fourteen in a fourteen-horse field. Accelerate was reluctant to load and broke 5th out of the gate. He held that position until the final turn when he challenged Mendelssohn for the lead and took it winning by 1 length with a final time of 2:02.93. Accelerate retired to stand at Lane’s End Farm on November 4th, 2018.
He finished in the money for 21 of his 23 total starts.
Bred in Kentucky, he defined himself as a top-class, durable and honest racehorse.
Eclipse Award winner for Champion Older Dirt Male in 2018.
Los Alamitos Derby Stakes (Gr II)
Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (Gr I)
San Pasqual Stakes (Gr II)
San antonio stakes (G II)
tvg San diego handicap (G II)
$1 millon tvg pacific classic stakes (GR I)
Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GR I)
San Pasqual Stakes (Gr II)
Santa Anita H Presnted by San Manuel Indian Bingo and Casino (G I)
Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes (G I)
$1 Million tvg pacific classic stakes (gr i)
awesome again stakes (g I)
Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs (G I)
Pegasus World cup invitational stakes (G I)
“This horse is on top of his game—he’s one of a kind. You’ve got to take your hat off to that horse.”
Trainer of Sand Vic
23 starts, 10-5-6
Lookin at Lucky – Issues,
By Awesome Again
May 10, 2013
5 years old, 1:51.1
John W. Sadler
Hronis Racing, LLC
Breeders’ Cup Classic
Eclipse Award 2018 champion
older dirt male