While Enable’s victory in the Breeders Cup Turf surely was the defining moment at this
year’s equine extravaganza, Accelerate’s win in the Classic was a great achievement, and on many fronts.
But it sure wasn’t a shoe-in. Initially the chestnut colt refused to enter the starting gate. In the early stages of the race he appeared mired mid-pack, but eventually, with mud caked to his determined muzzle, Accelerate emerged triumphant and gave trainer, John Sadler, his first Breeders Cup win in 45 tries.
Strolling through Accelerate’s family tree Canadians will find a small herd of familiar names. Accelerate’s sire, Looking at Lucky, is a son of a Canadian stallion, Smart Strike and his dam, Private Feeling, is a Northern Dancer granddaughter. We also find another Canadian stallion, Icecapade, in her pedigree, hence the great Thoroughbred patriarch, Canada’s Nearctic sprinkled throughout.
Accelerate’s dam, Issues, is a daughter of Canadian stallion Awesome Again. Winner of the Classic back in ’98, Awesome Again is a son a Canadian champion, Deputy Minister, and he, of course, traces back to one our all time great Canadian champions, Bunty Lawless.