06/21/2013 4:49PM

Acclamation, 2011 Eclipse champion, retired from racing

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Shigeki Kikkawa
An MRI revealed a strained ligament that will not allow Acclamation to resume training.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, has been retired from racing and will not resume training after standing his first season at stud this year in California, owner Bud Johnston said Thursday.

In early spring, Johnston said there was a possibility that Acclamation could return to training and race in the second half of the year. Those plans were abandoned after a recent MRI revealed that a strained ligament in a foreleg would not allow Acclamation to resume racing and training.

Johnston said he conferred with veterinarians before reaching the decision to leave Acclamation at his Old English Rancho in Sanger, Calif.

“The thing he had was not severe, but I did an MRI and they said it might not be completely healed,” Johnston said. “I left him up there.

“We had to change our plans,” he said. “We thought that was best for him.”

Trained by Don Warren, Acclamation, 7, won 11 of 30 starts and $1,958,048. He won the final seven race of his career, all in graded stakes. Acclamation won six Grade 1 races.

At stud, Acclamation stood for an advertised fee of $20,000, which equals the highest among California’s stallions. By Unusual Heat, California’s top stallion in progeny earnings since 2008, Acclamation was bred to 45 mares this year and had an excellent fertility rate, Johnston said.

“He loves his new job,” Johnston said. “He could be close to 100 percent in foal. He’s like his dad. He’s very fertile. I said I wanted to breed 40 mares and it looks like we’ll get 44 or 45.”