Accelerate Upsets Arrogate in San Diego
By Margaret Ransom
Saturday’s $300,000 San Diego Handicap (GII) at Del Mar was supposed to be the triumphant return of America’s best racehorse in Arrogate, but, instead, it turned into one of the greatest upsets in recent memory as Hronis Racing’s Accelerate posted an impressive wire-to-wire victory in the 1 1/16-mile main track test, defeating the heavily favored division leader Arrogate, who finished a flat and uncharacteristic fourth in the field of five.
Under jockey Victor Espinoza and with blinkers for the first time, the John Sadler-trained Accelerate sped right to the lead and never looked back, logging all the pace in splits of :23.49, :47.06, 1:11.39 and 1:35.78 before cruising to a 8 ½-length romp in a final time of 1:42.15. Hronis Racing, Sadler and Espinoza… (more)