Dec 052018


Lookin At Lucky – Issues, Awesome Again

Enters Stud 2019 at Lane’s End Farm for a fee of $20,000


Accelerate did not start his career until his three year old season and didn’t break his maiden until the summer at Del Mar. The budding star did well, winning three of his seven starts that year including the Shared Belief Stakes and the G2 Los Alamitos Derby. He also showed enough promise for an entry in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) where he finished third behind Tamarkuz and Gun Runner while beating Dortmund, Vyjack and Runhappy. His four year old season saw him finish on the board in seven of eight starts but he ony had one victory when he took the San Diego Handicap (G2) with a victory that was overshadowed by the poor performance of superstar Arrogate. In his stakes placings that year he did beat grade one winners Collected, Hoppertunity and Hard Aces. The patience his owners showed by allowing their big horse to slowly develop paid dividends in 2018, his five year old season. He won six of seven starts topped off by a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). He set several records during the year, most notably for his winning margin in taking the Pacific Classic (G1) by 12 ½ lengths with a 115 Beyer. He also became one of only three horses in history to sweep the Santa Anita Handicap, Gold Cup at Santa Anita (G1) – formerly the Hollywood Gold Cup and the Pacific Classic in one year, the most prestigious races for older horses in California. As if that wasn’t enough he won the major California prep to the Breeders’ Cup, the Awesome Again (G1) as well as the San Pasqual (G2). His only defeat came at the hands of City of Light, a fellow Breeders’ Cup winner in the Oaklawn Handicap. Accelerate grew stronger and stronger as he aged and he is in contention for the Horse of the Year title.


Accelerate is by Lookin At Lucky out of an Awesome Again mare. He is inbred 3×5 to Mr. Prospector 5x5x5 to Northern Dancer and 5×5 to Smartaire. Smartaire was the 1979 Broodmare of the Year. She is represented in Accelerate’s pedigree through her son Smarten, broodmare sire of Smart Strike and Smart Darlin, Accelerate’s fourth dam. Smarten was a multiple stakes winner and while he never won at the top level he was second in the 1979 Traver’s Stakes. 1979 was a banner year for Smartaire as her two year old daughter Smart Angle was named champion two year old. Smart Darlin has had a much quieter record as both a racer and in the breeding shed. She was only a winner on the racetrack and produced only one stakes winner in the shed. She did produce a stakes placed daughter of Cox’s Ridge named Darlin Lindy who, in addition to being Accelerate’s third dam also produced the G1 winner Wagons Limit by Conquistador Cielo. Bred to Eastern Echo she produced Darlin’ Echoes of whose two stakes placed offspring included Issues, dam of Accelerator. From six foals to race three were by Scat Daddy and she did well with him with two of those foals becoming graded placed stakes winners. Accelerate is her fourth foal and easily her best so far.

Lookin At Lucky was a champion at both two and three years old. Lookin At Lucky retired with great fanfair to Coolmore America but after four crops to race he was missing a North American grade one winner on his resume. During that time he has been a leading sire in Chile with six grade one winners in that country. All of that changed in 2018. Not only did Accelerate give him his first grade one winner but three year old filly Wow Cat beat older mares in the Beldame (G1) and ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). Wow Cat was sent from Chile to the United States. Lookin At Lucky’s other 2018 graded stakes winners include grade two winners Money Multiplier and Dr. Dorr. A large number of Lookin At Lucky’s best offspring are inbred to Mr. Prospector and/or his sire Raise A Native but interestingly also to Danzig, the sire of Belong to Me, the broodmare sire of Lookin At Lucky.


Lookin At Lucky has been slightly more successful in the sim with four grade one winners in the game. Interestingly two of those are out of mares by Storm Cat and a third out of a Giant’s Causeway mare with the fourth out of a Nureyev mare. Half of those runners were inbred to Mr. Prospector but none carried any Danzig blood. The most successful Lookin At Lucky offspring inbred to Danzig is a grade two winner out of a Danehill Dancer mare. Named Lookin At Hotrod he is also inbred to Mr. Prospector.


It seems almost silly to start this section without recommending a mare from the Storm Cat line here. Certainly the sim results of Lookin At Lucky warrant it but also remember that Accelerate’s two stakes winning siblings are by Scat Daddy who descends from Storm Cat’s son Hennessy. On the other hand one possible reason Issues has crossed so well with Scat Daddy is because they both carry a strain of Damascus (her through Eastern Echo and he through his sire’s female family). Medaglia D’oro is probably the best current DS option who carries Damascus through his broodmare sire. Considering how well Lookin At Lucky has done with his real life foals one shouldn’t be afraid of inbreeding to Mr. Prospector. One sire that would cross both Mr. Prospector and Storm Cat is Speightstown who also might add some speed to Accelerate’s sim foals.

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  2 Responses to “2019 Freshman Sire Profile – Accelerate”

  1. You know Beis the only list I have him on the top of is the alphabetical one I made of stallions to showcase in this column. I like Lane’s End Farm but with City of Light (a son of their current hot stallion Quality Road) and West Coast also retiring there this year I think it will be hard for them to really support all three young stallions. I also think Accelerate’s late development compared to the other two who were G1 winners at 3 (even though CoL just makes that cut) make them more attractive.

    I am reminded a few years ago how close Lane’s End came to selling English Channel after his first two year olds flopped. Of course he turned it around is a great source of stamina and class but he’s never got major two year old winners consistently and he likely never will. I would be surprised if Accelerate doesn’t find himself in the same position four years down the line.

  2. Thanks Spin!

    I’ve always been leary of Lookin At Lucky (sim and real horses) with that overabundance of Native Dancer and Nearctic all over the place. Storm Cat was literally the only thing that made sense to me as a viable cross… especially if you don’t want to go against ‘type’ (turf pedigrees, stayers, etc.)

    I’d bet against Accelerate, except that female family is fantastic, IMO. With his best racing taking place as a 5yo, how do you see his commercial prospects? Is this a candidate for ‘buy low’ when the babies come out and look less than precocious?