City of Light and Accelerate went head-to-head twice last year, each winning once and setting up what figured to be a showdown in the final race of their careers.
City of Light made it a romp instead.
Going into retirement with an absolute flourish, City of Light ran away from Accelerate and every other challenger down the stretch and rolled to a 5¾-length victory in the $9 million Pegasus World Cup on Saturday in Hallandale, Fla. — the richest race in North America, and the highlight of the $16 million Pegasus Day at Gulfstream Park.
“This horse is a gift,” City of Light trainer Michael McCarthy said. “Amazing.”
Seeking the Soul, a 30-1 long shot, got up for second. Accelerate, the Breeders’ Cup Classic champion and runner-up for Horse of the Year, never fired in the stretch run and settled for third. Accelerate ended his career with six wins in eight races — both losses coming to City of Light.
“We’ve enjoyed him for three years,” Accelerate trainer John Sadler said. “We ran a really good race today in tough conditions. … And City of Light is a very good horse also.”
NFL: The Chicago Bears signed right tackle Bobby Massie to a four-year contract extension through the 2022 season. Massie has spent the past three years as Chicago’s starting right tackle. He played with Arizona from 2012-15.
•Detroit Lions linebacker Trevor Bates was arrested in New York on charges that he failed to pay a taxi fare and then punched a police officer, who suffered a concussion.
Figure skating: Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue won their second straight ice dancing title at the US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit, beating out Madison Chock and Evan Bates.
Also, Ashley Cain and Timothy LeDuc won the pairs competition, and world champion Nathan Chen had the top short program in the men’s event.
•Javier Fernandez ended an illustrious career with his seventh consecutive European title after Russian rival Mikhail Kolyada floundered in the free skate in Minsk, Belarus. Fernandez was third after the short program but in the free skate he stormed into the lead with two quadruple jumps and 179.75 points for a total of 271.59.
Skiing: Six days after winning his first World Cup race in Wengen, 21-year-old French skier Clement Noel added a victory at another iconic World Cup venue, winning the slalom event at Kitzbuehel, Austria. He posted the third-fastest time in the final run to beat seven-time overall champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria by 0.29 of a second.
•Austria’s Nicole Schmidhofer denied Sofia Goggia a fairy tale comeback by winning her first World Cup super-G in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, by 0.23 of a second ahead of Olympic downhill champion Goggia, who was racing for the first time since October (broken right ankle).
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