In his stakes debut, Super Accelerate made it three wins in a row on Saturday, July 29, when taking the Star de Naskra Stakes for Maryland-bred/sired 3-year-olds at Laurel Park.
Super Accelerate came into the Star de Naskra with a perfect record at the Laurel summer meet. He broke his maiden on June 16, then won a Maryland-bred/sired allowance by 2 1/4 lengths on July 1. On the strength of those wins, he went off as the slight 2-1 favorite in a competitive seven-horse field.
Breaking from post two under Horacio Karamanos, Super Accelerate started cleanly and drafted off Midwest invader Easy Action, who dropped to the rail and set the early pace. The field rolled past the first quarter in :23.45 and the opening half in :46.39. As they rounded the far turn, Coffeewithchris made a serious move after Easy Action, while Super Accelerate continued to draft off the pace towards the inside.
Turning for home, a large hole opened up between the leaders and Karamanos angled Super Accelerate through it. Easy Action maintained a slight advantage, but Karamanos continued to urge his mount on and slowly cut into the margin. In the last sixteenth, Super Accelerate poked his head in front, and although Easy Action and Coffeewithchris continued to attack from both sides, he held on while getting the seven furlongs in a sharp 1:22.54 over a fast track. Easy Action finished a neck clear of Coffeewithchris for second.
Super Accelerate improved his career record to 3-2-0 from eight starts and has earned $132,860. He’s owned by Steven L. Walfish and trained by Robin Graham. Bred by Bowman & Higgins Stable, Super Accelerate was a $20,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling in October 2021, then returned a $38,000 RNA at the Midlantic Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale the following May.
A member of the first crop of Eclipse Award-winning older dirt male Accelerate, Super Accelerate is the second foal, and first winner, for Bawlmer Hon, a stakes-winning daughter of Silver Train bred by Tom and Chris Bowman and Dickie Small who earned $229,832 in her 20-race career. Third dam Proud Owner, also bred by the Bowmans and Small (by Proud Truth out of stakes winner Owned by All), won six stakes in her career and earned $568,982.
Bawlmer Hon’s current 2-year-old, the Nyquist colt Quistmer, sold for $150,000 as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall sale before being hammered down for $92,000 at this year’s May sale. She produced a colt by West Coast on Jan. 15 of this year.