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Accelerate leaves no doubt as to who's the Breeders' Cup Classic favorite

Accelerate leaves no doubt as to who's the Breeders' Cup Classic favorite

If there was any doubt that Accelerate is the best horse currently running, he erased all doubt by overcoming a bad start, wide turns and an Eclipse Award winner to win the $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes on Saturday at Santa Anita. He should be the favorite for the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.

It was the kind of race that you expect out of great horses. Despite all the trouble, Accelerate found a way to win, and in the end, it was by a comfortable 2¼ lengths.

It started when he was fractious in the gate and then didn’t break well.

“He left the gate slow, but he recovered nicely,” said winning jockey Joel Rosario, who came from New York to...