Corey Nakatani

Accelerate gives trainer John Sadler first win at Big 'Cap

Accelerate gives trainer John Sadler first win at Big 'Cap

Accelerate had successfully navigated the slop, strangely labeled as “wet fast,” convincingly winning the Santa Anita Handicap by 5½ lengths. His reward was a blanket of yellow flowers. And that’s when he did more running.

He tried breaking free of his groom and scarily looked as if he might injure himself as he moved violently to the back and side. He didn’t want those flowers on him. After they were removed, he calmed down and walked gently into the winner’s circle.

“He don’t like the flowers, but he liked the track,” said winning jockey Victor Espinoza.

The win was a popular one because the trainer was John Sadler, who took 10 tries to win his first Big...

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