Arrogate Finishes a Distant 4th at Del Mar
Accelerate shocks in the San Diego Handicap at Del Mar.
Arrogate was off his game yesterday in Del Mar finishing a distant fourth to a very impressive Accelerate.
The Champion never looked comfortable in the race, he did not display his usual turn of foot but fortunately there is nothing wrong with the horse.
“He came back fine,” Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith assured Arrogate fans via drf.com. “He gallops and works faster than that… I’m at a loss for words.”
“Physically, he looks fine coming back,” trainer Bob Baffert said in a TVG interview. “I think he just laid an egg… was just flat.”
The trouble looks to have started in the parade ring where Arrogate was completely on edge, it may not have helped that the horse on his inside went down on his nose as the gates opened throwing his jockey out of the irons and then proceeded to race erratically right next to Arrogate.
Accelerate crossed the line 8 3/4 lengths ahead of Donworth. Cat Burglar came in third, and Arrogate was completely off the board for the first time in his career, beaten 15 1/4 lengths.
This was not the first time Accelerate has beaten Arrogate, Accelerate finished ahead of Arrogate on his debut last April at Los Alamitos. In a maiden special weight, Accelerate finished second while Arrogate was third.
Bred in Kentucky by Mike Abraham, Accelerate was a $380,000 Keeneland September Yearling Sale purchase. Accelerate raised his career record to 12-4-3-4. This was the first win in five starts in 2017 for the four-year-old son of Lookin At Lucky. Last year, though, he won the Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby, and finished a solid third in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
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