Accelerate won a pulsating renewal of the Grade One Breeders’ Cup Classic.
A field of fourteen assembled for the big race on the card, over 1 ¼ miles.
Mendelssohn was quickly bustled up into the lead by Ryan Moore and went on from Mckinzie and set a punishing early pace.
Heading down the back, the tempo slackened a little, but Mendelssohn continued to lead Mckinzie and Thunder Snow, with West Coast and then Accelerate.
Heading to the home turn, the field was strung out and Mendelssohn was still powering on.
But Accelerate cruised up on his outside and went on into the lead with Thunder Snow closing between the pair.
Mendelssohn’s resolve faded and Accelerate and Thunder Snow settled down to a battle.
Accelerate and Joel Rosario saw off the Godolphin runner and the final challenges came outside, with Gunnevera closing, but not able to reach his foe in time.
Third home came Thunder Snow, who just held off Yoshida, and then Mendelssohn in fifth.