12/14/2014 8:28PM

Acceptance impresses again in King Glorious

Benoit and Associates
Acceptance, ridden by Elvis Trujillo, wins the King Glorious Stakes by three lengths Sunday.

CYPRESS, Calif. – Jockey Elvis Trujillo has a wintertime title for Acceptance, the winner of the $200,000 King Glorious Stakes at Los Alamitos on Sunday.

“I think he’s my Derby horse,” Trujillo said after the race.

How far Acceptance progresses in the next five months is unknown, but the colt’s career is off to a brilliant start, going undefeated in three starts. In the King Glorious Stakes for California-breds, Acceptance ($2.60) won the one-mile race by three lengths over 8-1 Pulmarack, who offered a brief threat in early stretch.

The win makes Acceptance the champion 2-year-old California-bred of 2014 and a colt likely to start in a graded stakes during the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.

Acceptance was well placed throughout Sunday’s race, the longest of his career. Trujillo had King Glorious in third after a quarter-mile and second after a half-mile, stalking early leader Comanche Ruler, a 40-1 shot. With a wide move, Acceptance took the lead with five-sixteenths of a mile remaining when he was challenged by Pulmarack.

The threat did not last long, Trujillo said.

“When he changed leads, that was it,” Trujillo said. “He has a lot of talent. He can be better.”

Acceptance, by Vronsky, ran a mile in 1:35.81. Pulmarack, a maiden race winner at Santa Anita in October in his last start, finished a half-length in front of 15-1 Kluszewski, a maiden race winner here Dec. 4.

Mischief Clem was fourth, followed by Comanche Ruler and P Club.

Acceptance is trained by Don Warren for breeders Bud and Judy Johnston and co-owner Robert Riggio.

Acceptance won his debut at Santa Anita in a maiden race for California-breds by 13 1/4 lengths on Oct. 5 and won his stakes debut in the Golden State Juvenile on Nov. 1. He has earned $257,600.

One of the colt’s assets is his mind, according to assistant trainer Kenny Black.

“He’s a cool horse to be around,” Black said. “He makes us look good.”

Bud Johnston said Acceptance’s first three wins make it easy to look forward to the races that lead to the Triple Crown.

“It’s exciting to have a young horse that has a shot,” he said. “You can only dream about that.”

Richard Volz More than 1 year ago
I remember the horse well. I was his groom when he broke his maiden winning by 13 1/4 lengths as the announcer said "and it's Acceptance Full of run" I'll remember that day forever.

Richard Volz Jr
Marc Estrich More than 1 year ago
“When he changed leads, that was it,” Trujillo said. Contrast this with the ride Van Dyke gave Pulmarack. Pulmarack ran the length of the entire interminable Los Al stretch on his left lead. Not knowing enuff about a young horse's eccentricities I cannot castigate jockey Van Dyke. To my eye however, he went about his business totally ignorant that he was not riding Alydar and getting the horse over on his right lead would have been a good idea. Jockey Trujillo was obviously aware of this matter as his quote indicates.
Quite a More than 1 year ago
By Vronsky out of a Perfect Mandate mare. Kentucky must be pulling their hair out..
James Pugliese More than 1 year ago
Congratulations to all connected with this talented horse! Horse racing is such a tough business, glad your doing well! Enjoy it!
Walter More than 1 year ago
It's only three races, but I am really pulling for this horse. He can really run like a pro. I hope he develops some more in the next month or so and look forward to seeing him around two turns this time at SA. Good luck folks.
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Lawrence Redding More than 1 year ago
Pure bullcrap . And learn to spell when you spew your lies.