The first foal for 2018 Eclipse Award-winning older dirt male Accelerate (Lookin At Lucky–Issues, by Awesome Again) arrived Jan. 21 when Sweet Congrats (Congrats) produced a colt in Lexington, KY. The foal is the first from her dam, a full-sister to the stakes-placed duo of Free Cover and Victory Is Sweet and from the female family of 2018 Woodbine Oaks winner Dixie Moon (Curlin). Accelerate stands at Lane’s End Farm.
“We’re very excited about him, he’s a very good-bodied foal, very much like his sire,” said Bob McCann, whose McCann Bloodstock bred the colt in partnership with Rob Tribett. . “We love Accelerate. A five-time Grade I winner, $380,000 [Keeneland September] yearling and is great value at $20,000.”
Winner of the GII Los Alamitos Derby at three in 2016, Accelerate romped by better than eight lengths in the GII San Diego H. the following summer. He had a breakthrough season in 2018, sweeping all three Grade Is at 10 furlongs on the Southern California circuit–the Santa Anita H., the Gold Cup at Santa Anita and the Pacific Classic by a combined 22 1/4 lengths. He defeated champion West Coast (Flatter) in the GI Awesome Again S. and overcame a wide draw and tough trip to win the 2018 GI Breeders’ Cup Classic.