10/11/2011 4:09PM

Acclamation won't race again in 2011 due to foot problem

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Acclamation will miss this year's Breeders' Cup and is being given time off due to heat in a foot.

Pacific Classic winner Acclamation, ranked among the leading American contenders for the upcoming Breeders’ Cup Turf, is through for the season, according to his principal owner and breeder, Buddy Johnston.

Currently stabled at Santa Anita with trainer Don Warren, the 5-year-old Acclamation displayed heat in a foot that has limited his recent activity, Johnston noted.

“He isn’t in any real discomfort, but you know when you’ve got heat you’ve got something to worry about,” Johnston said. “There’s no fractures. But even a bruised foot, like this appears to be, can cost you time. The last thing you’d want to have is a short horse for a mile-and-a-half race as tough as the Breeders’ Cup Turf.”

Johnston added that Acclamation would have needed a work this weekend to have been on a schedule to make the Breeders’ Cup Turf, set for Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

“He’s telling us we’d be smart to give him a little time, so that’s what we’re going to do,” Johnston said. “He’s run hard all year. He’s won five big stakes in a row, something nobody else has done. And he’s beaten the best out here. I’d like to have him as good or better next year.”

Acclamation most recently won the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Oct. 2, following victories in the Jim Murray Handicap and Charles Whittingham Memorial at Hollywood Park and the Eddie Read Stakes and Pacific Classic at Del Mar.

“He’ll go up to our farm near Fresno in a few days and be turned out in a grass paddock, just like we did last year,” Johnston added. “Then, we’ll set out a program to see if we can get him to the Breeders’ Cup next year at Santa Anita.”

Acclamation, a son of Unusual Heat, has a lifetime record of 9 wins in 28 starts and earnings of $1.6 million.