Accelerate, one of the top racehorses of his generation, will be relocated to the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lane's End Farm announced Tuesday. Accelerate was a five-time Grade I winner on the racetrack with over $6.6 million in earnings. His victory in the 2018 GI Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs capped off a season in which he also won the GI Santa Anita H., GI Gold Cup at Santa Anita, GI Pacific Classic S., and GI Awesome Again S.
Accelerate had stood at Lane's End Farm since his retirement in 2018, starting at a fee of $20,000, which dropped to $10,000 for the 2023 season. He sired one stakes winner and three stakes-placed horses in his first three seasons at stud.
“We are thrilled to welcome Accelerate into the Hall of Champions,” said Kentucky Horse Park President Lee Carter. “Guests of the park will love meeting this Kentucky-bred champion and hearing his story for years to come. It is an honor that Lanes End Farm and Hronis Racing are entrusting Accelerate's care to the Kentucky Horse Park.”
Bred in Kentucky by Mike Abraham and raced by Hronis Racing LLC, Accelerate defined himself as a top-class, durable and honest racehorse. Purchased as a yearling for $380,000, Accelerate went into training with John Sadler and proved to be a top runner for Sadler in four seasons of racing.
Kosta Hronis, who campaigned Accelerate, said “Accelerate is a very special horse to me and my family. I feel it is important for the Thoroughbred community to share its racing superstars with the fans of our sport. There is no better venue than the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions to showcase the talent and charisma of the Thoroughbred breed, and no finer equine athlete than Accelerate to represent the Thoroughbred racehorse.”
Accelerate will reside at the Hall of Champions with Thoroughbred Roy H, Standardbred Pacers Western Dreamer and Won The West, and Standardbred Trotters Mr. Muscleman and Marion Marauder.