Accelerate (4h Lookin at Lucky x Issues, by Awesome Again) won the Grade II Los Alamitos Derby last season at three and hit top form again at Del Mar on Saturday when taking out the $300,000 Grade II TVG San Diego Stakes with superstar Arrogate a disappointing fourth.
Trained by John Sadler, the son of Lookin at Lucky took up the lead from the jump and set a good pace in front while Arrogate was niggled to stay in touch.
Accelerate did just that down the running for Victor Espinoza opening up to win the 1 and 1/16th mile contest by eight and a half lengths.
“I was surprised by how far I won,” Espinoza commented.
“I wasn’t surprised that I did; I was here to win. I thought I’d sit second or third, but when that speed horse [El Huerfano] stumbled at the start, I made an easy lead. He’s a nice horse.”
One of 24 stakes-winners for Lookin at Lucky, Accelerate has the overall record now of four wins and seven placings from 12 starts with prizemoney topping $600,000.
A $380,000 Keeneland September purchase, Accelerate runs for Hronis Racing and was the most expensive yearling by his sire sold in 2014.