Remember Santa Anita Handicap? The famed racing track where racing legend Seabiscuit made his last race? This month, the huge racing event has added another name to its roster, the newcomer Accelerate.
After a huge victory in the recent San Pascua Stakes (G2), Hronis Racing’s Accelerate has finally broken his first-ever Grade 1 victory at the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap race in Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. The 5-year-old son of Lookin at Lucky has pulled away from the field in the final sixteenth of a mile to give his trainer John Sadler his long-awaited first victory in the Santa Anita Handicap.
Bred in Kentucky by Mike Abraham, the John Sandler-trained Accelerate now boasts a record score of 6-4-5 from 17 starts and with total career earnings of up to $1.2 million. Additionally, the victory at Santa Anita also helped Accelerate improve his record to 17-6-4-5.
However, the race has not come as easy for Accelerate and jockey Victor Espinoza. Runner-up Mubtaahj took the lead during the early stage of the race and held it for almost a mile until Accelerate made his move. The John Sandler-trained Accelerate took command in the final turn of the race and pulled away from the field to claim the race by almost 5 and a half lengths. Accelerate was followed by Mubtaahij, a Bob Baffert-trained racing horse.
About Santa Anita Handicap
First established in 1935, the Santa Anita Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually at Santa Anita Park, California. Nicknamed “The Big Cap” by some horsemen, the Santa Anita Handicap has been described as a Grade 1 race for horses aged four years old and up.
The Santa Anita Handicap was once the signature and top race at the famed Arcadia racetrack, however, the arrival of the much lucrative Florida and Dubai races have lessened its presence in the racing world.