Chad Brown, trainer of U.S. spearhead Robert Bruce, told the Breeders Cup website: "It's obviously exciting to have her come over and participate in the Breeders' Cup, but it's a tall order to run against her".
The four-year-old, owned by Saudi Arabian Khalid bin Abdullah, has only had two outings this season. So I had to just rein him back and restart the race. "You'd think a drunk guy couldn't get on a horse".
Accelerate took care of that notion. He covered the 1 ¼ mile distance in 2 minutes, 2.93 seconds to extend his lifetime earnings to $5,005,000.
"She's all class, this horse, and she knows where the wire is", said Brown, who entered a total of five runners in the race. "I'm more reserved about saying superstar and such until they're a little deeper into their career and seeing how far they can really go". "But we got the big one so it's a good day".
The Breeders' Cup welcoming top global horses is not news, but it's worth pausing to consider the lineup for this year's World Championships that arrived from overseas.
But he didn't have to say how much it probably meant.
"When I got to the backside I tried to be in the clear, which is what he likes to do".
The race isn't just meaningful for Sadler.
Stormy Liberal, a six-year-old gelding, joined Mizdirection (2012-13) as the only repeat victor of the race. A 5-year-old horse by Lookin At Lucky, Accelerate sold at the 2014 September Sale to L. E. B. for $380,000.
"That's for the sportswriters", Sadler said, laughing when asked to make his case for the award.
"I thought she was going to have us, but it was a wonderful stretch run between two great fillies and two great jockeys". "With what he accomplished, in such a short amount of time, he deserves Horse of the Year", Cox said. "They just exhausted and just didn't have it today".
With Charlie Appleby winning the Juvenile Turf with Line of Duty on Friday and Michael Stoute on target with Expert Eye in the Mile, it was a good meeting for British horses, less so for the other Europeans.
Yesterdays race was Queen Of Bermudas last outing under Suffolk-based trainer William Haggas as she is set to switch to H. Graham Motions Maryland stable in the United States.
Frankie Dettori is confident Enable can create history and become the first horse to win the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and Breeders' Cup Turf in the same year.
The John Gosden-trained filly didn't get her four-year-old season underway until September thanks to a leg injury, but that didn't stop the bay star from winning a second straight Arc on October 7 with Frankie Dettori in the irons.
"She has taken longer to come out of the Arc, which is understandable", Gosden said. "She's had a hard race, and as usual she showed enormous courage to go and win".
It was not a pretty victory as Game Winner, ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, bumped into Knicks Go while making his move from the outside down the stretch.
We have nine stakes races on Saturday starting at 12 p.m. ET and going through the Breeders' Cup Classic at 5:44 p.m. ET. "She was training like a monster and she ran like a monster".
One of the best-fancied European juveniles, Soldier's Call, missed the start badly, was hustled up by jockey Oisin Murphy and then exhausted in the stretch run to miss the frame.
The four-year-old will bid to become the first Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe victor to follow up at the feature American meeting.