Joel Rosario

Accelerate takes $1 million Pacific Classic by largest margin in race's history

Accelerate takes $1 million Pacific Classic by largest margin in race's history

It was a “Classic” weekend at Del Mar, which featured the meet’s signature stakes, a record-setting ride, and an emotional ceremony.

On Aug. 18, Accelerate romped by 12 1/2 lengths in the Grade I, $1 million Pacific Classic, the largest margin of victory in the race’s 28-year history. Pavel was second-best, while Prime Attraction was an additional 3 1/4 lengths back in third.

With Joel Rosario in the saddle, the 5-year-old Accelerate traveled 1 1/4 miles over the dirt oval in in 2:01.83.

“We don’t get to see a lot of 5-year-old horses anymore,” said Kosta Hronis, who co-owns Accelerate with Pete Hronis. “So this was great that he was able to stay on the track for another...

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