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...