Breeders' Cup 2018 Results: Early Favourite Accelerate Wins Classic RaceNovember 3, 2018
Accelerate won the 2018 Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday, with the early favourite storming through the field to victory at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
A strong early pace had the sprinters in good stead, but the winner showed character as he convincingly pushed forward.
The Breeders' Cup highlighted the closing moments on Twitter:
Here's the result, with payouts via Daily Racing Form:
Breeders' Cup Classic ($6 million purse)
Finish — Post — Horse (Win; Place; Show)
1 — 14 — Accelerate ($7.40; $6.00; $4.40)
2 — 4 — Gunnevera (n/a; $21.80; $11.80)
3 — 1 —Thunder Snow [IRE] (n/a; n/a; $8.00)
McKinzie went off as the new favourite in the moments before the race, but all eyes were on Accelerate, who had punters excited in the build-up to the event.
West Coast was also hotly tipped as the horses were prepared at the start, and Accelerate appeared agitated before the field thundered out the starting gate.
However, the eventual winner travelled beautifully, taking up a place in the middle of the pack, running his own race without encountering a huge challenge.
Jockey Joel Rosario appeared comfortable in the saddle, with Accelerate displaying the pedigree everyone knew he had.
In the final furlongs, the five-year-old had control of his own destiny, and the final drive past the winning post had racing fans on their feet.
NBC Sports shared a photo of the finish line as the John Sadler-trained horse won by a length, with Gunnevera chasing hard:
Accelerate was never clear of the field, but at no time in the closing stages did it feel he would fail.
The winner takes home $3.3 million, with the champion awarded 55 per cent of the purse.