Accelerate put his rivals to the sword in impressive fashion to take the Grade One Santa Anita Handicap overnight.

A field of eight lined-up at a decidedly wet Santa Anita.

At the break it was Mubtaahij, racing widest, who went into the lead, while Giant Expectations lost ground by stumbling from the gates.

Mubtaahij took the field into the back stretch, chased by Accelerate and Top Of The Game, with Giant Expectations making ground up to move fourth.

Leaving the back, Accelerate eased past Mubtaahij, with Giant Expectations trying to go with the new leader.

Straightening up for home, Accelerate and Victor Espinoza powered away from their rivals to record a smooth 5 ½ lengths victory over Mubtaahij, with Fear The Cowboy passing Giant Expectations for third.