11/29/2012 8:24PM

Acclamation to stand at Old English Rancho in 2013; could return to racing later in year

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Acclamation will begin a stallion career next year, but he also could return to the track in the second half of 2012.

Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, is scheduled to begin a stallion career at Old English Rancho in Sanger, Calif., in 2013 and could return to racing in the second half of the year, owner Bud Johnston said Thursday.

Acclamation is scheduled to be sent to the farm in December. He will stand for $20,000, live foal.

The $20,000 fee for Acclamation equals the highest fee in the state.

Unusual Heat, California's leading sire by progeny earnings, stood for $20,000 earlier this year.

A potential resumption of his racing career depends on how Acclamation recovers from a strained ligament in a foreleg that has kept him away from racing since July.

“We need to evaluate the injury and see how it heals,” Johnston said. “There is a possibility we can do it. The injury has to be healed 100 percent. The vets say in four or five months it should be 100 percent. If we plan on bringing him back, we’d start jogging every day and breeding him when we want to.”

A California-bred by Unusual Heat, Acclamation, 6, has won 11 of 30 starts and $1,958,048. A winner of six Grade 1 races in his career, Acclamation has won his last seven starts, all in graded stakes.

The current winning streak began in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap in June 2011 and includes the Grade 1 Pacific Classic in 2011, the 2012 Whittingham, and the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar in July, his most recent start.

Acclamation was sidelined in August when training for the Pacific Classic. The injury had not subsided by early October, forcing the end of his 2012 season.

Trainer Don Warren said that Acclamation has a temperament that would allow him to return to racing after being bred to mares.

“He’s such a kind horse,” he said.

Currently, Acclamation is with Warren at Santa Anita.

“He’s with me right now,” Warren said. “I’ve been putting a blister on the ligament that has been a problem. When I’m done with that, I’ll send him to the farm.”

April Gaede More than 1 year ago
My father worked at Olde English Rancho for over 35 years as the farrier. I worked there off and on myself, riding and also holding horses for my dad. The violent abuse to the horses by the riders, trainer and groomers and workers is sickening. I have seen horses break legs due to being beaten in the head, breaking loose and running into fences etc. Also, Olde English is breeding with AI on ALL their mares. They dont do any live covers. We have reported this to the Jockey Club but apparently they dont care. We have multiple witnesses to both the abuse and the AI. April Gaede 870 270 9335
Roberta Snow More than 1 year ago
jf the conditions were so bad why did your dad work for them?
bleck1022 More than 1 year ago
Racehorses will tell their owners when they grow tired of racing by not showing up during the race. As long as Acclamation continues to impress and compete at the top level, why should there be any harm done? It is when he becomes like Mine that Bird or Lava Man that the signs should point toward definite retirement. I think the connections are doing the right thing for the sport of horse racing by contemplating bringing the horse back to the fans. Acclamation's condition will make it clear to them whether he should race or not following stud duty.
Oliver Brown More than 1 year ago
further more -- I find it odd that people believe that a horse who has accomplished a lot on the track "deserves" the privilege of never racing again. It is as if a horse is only racing in order to win enough money to buy their freedom. This implies that the sport itself is cruel and damaging to horses -- not saying that this is or is not a valid argument, but if you adhere to this logic then I find it odd that you can enjoy racing on any level.
Oliver Brown More than 1 year ago
Horse racing fans are impossible to please. I agree with Brian's comment -- you can't complain that most of the stars are retired too early (which they are) and at the same time be angered with Acclamation's owners' decision. If he is 100% in a few months and is able and willing to compete at a top level -- why not race him? This seems like a perfectly reasonable decision and I wish more owners would be open to the idea that being a young stallion and still racing are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Save the criticisms for when they're called for.
Todd Elliot More than 1 year ago
BIG MISTAKE,,ONCE this horse starts "dating",,his mind will never be the same..look at what happens to humans
Brian More than 1 year ago
Surprised to see the venom directed at the connections here. If they are taking care of the horse - and I have no reason to doubt that they are - and he shows signs of wanting to run and can do so in good health (which no one knows yet), then why is it a bad thing to run him? Many DRF articles have comments bemoaning the early retirement of horses, and that it's bad for the game, and yet here we have negative comments when connections try to get a horse back to the races. I guess I don't get it.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Brian...you don't get it because you make NO sense. The horse will be going on 7 years old and has done enough. Taking care of a horse does NOT mean..bringing it back to the races because of the ego's and greed of the connections.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
Brian you are 100% correct. "If" the horse wants to run, let him run. The connections of this horse have proven time and time to be patient and careful when it comes to putting him on the track. I'm quite sure they will continue to make sound decisions.
Guy More than 1 year ago
You know what opinions are like Big Jefe...we all have them..and they only matter to ourselves.
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
You too are 100% correct.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
See above comment jeff
Big Jeff More than 1 year ago
I agree with you both. We all have our own opinions.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
Jeff..all due respect..he has been off since August..been worked on for three months..blister,sweat,cold hose,poultice...repeat till tendon tight,cold,no swelling..these soft tissue problems can flare up with one bad step..and once a horse becomes a stud they get lazy and occupied with other agendas...like a teenager..I respect Warren for getting Acclamation sound but he shouldn't risk this nice horse.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
A winner of SIX GRADE 1 RACES! What more could any owner want from his horse? Retire this " kind horse ." He has earned it many times over.
Guy More than 1 year ago
Quite sad that they would even consider this. Says a lot about the character of the parties involved.
Cathy Riccio More than 1 year ago
$$$$$$$
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
ALMOST TWO MILLION....RETIRE HIM PLEASE. What more does he need to do..he is a proven champion..