02/16/2012 4:43PM

Acclamation named 2011's top California-bred


Acclamation, honored last month with the Eclipse Award as the nation’s outstanding older male of 2011, took home another prize from that campaign on Monday – California-bred Horse of the Year.

The announcement of Acclamation’s California-bred Horse of the Year title was made at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s annual dinner in Pasadena, Calif.

Owned by a partnership led by Bud Johnston, Acclamation was also named champion California-bred older male and turf horse, titles that were announced last month.

In 2011, Acclamation won 5 of 7 starts and $1,126,000. He won three Grade 1 races – the Charles Whittingham Handicap, Eddie Read Stakes, and Pacific Classic.

Acclamation was finalist for California-bred Horse of the Year along with Amazombie, the Eclipse Award winner as the nation’s outstanding sprinter of 2011, and Ultra Blend, a mare who was a Grade 1 winner in 2011.

In recent weeks, the 6-year-old Acclamation has resumed serious exercise with trainer Don Warren, with an expected return to racing at the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting.

“He’s started to gallop on the training track,” Warren said on Thursday. “We’ll get him ready in a couple of months.”