Accelerate (Lookin At Luck) winning the G1 Gold Cup At Santa Anita Stakes

Grade One Lucky Exacta

Lookin at Lucky enjoyed his best ever day at the races on Saturday when Accelerate (5h Lookin at Lucky x Issues, by Awesome Again) got the better of Dr Dorr (5g Lookin at Lucky x Jax El, by Unusual Heart) to win the $500,345 Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita, while Money Multiplier (6h Lookin at Lucky x Intensify by Unbridled’s Song) won the $196,000 Grade II Monmouth Stakes.

Trained by John Sadler, Accelerate scored his second Grade I win this season after capturing the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap back in March.

He travelled smoothly for Victor Espinoza just off the leaders and powered to the line to win the 1 and ¼ mile contest by more than four lengths.

“He broke good, I think Victor wanted to put him up in the race and then see what everybody else did, so he let him run out of there and when Joe [Talamo on Dr. Dorr] went to the front, he just sat in behind him and gave him a beautiful ride,” Sadler said.

“He had a lot of patience, a lot of confidence in this horse. We weren’t scared of City of Light at this distance. Accelerate has been such a good horse for us with a lot of great wins on his resume. He was training really well, so I knew he’d run well.”

The victory took his overall record to seven wins and 10 placings from 19 starts earning over $1.7 million with the Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar his next likely target on August 18.

A $380,000 Keeneland September purchase, Accelerate runs for Hronis Racing and was the most expensive yearling by his sire sold in 2014.

A half-brother to stakes-winners Amarish and Daddy DT, Accelerate is from the good producing stakes-placed mare Issues.

Money Multiplier made it a day to remember for Lookin at Lucky when he surged to a three-quarter length win in the 1 and 1/8th mile Grade II Monmouth Stakes on turf, winning the feature race for the second year in a row.

Trained by Chad Brown, Money Multiplier has the overall record of five wins and nine placings from 22 starts with prizemoney in excess of $1.2 million.