08/15/2012 1:53PM

Del Mar: Acclamation out of Pacific Classic

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Acclamation will miss the $1 million Pacific Classic due to an injury.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, is expected to miss the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 26 because of inflammation below an ankle, owner Bud Johnston said on Wednesday.

The injury was diagnosed earlier this week, Johnston said. Acclamation won the 2011 Pacific Classic as part of a campaign that led to his Eclipse Award.

“I think it’s a 90 percent chance we’re out of the Classic,” Johnston said on Wednesday. “I don’t want to take a chance on it.

Wednesday, Acclamation underwent a scan on the affected leg, which revealed “no tears or holes,” Johnston said.

The 6-year-old was scheduled to have a workout on Thursday in advance of the Pacific Classic where he was expected to be the first or second betting choice behind Game On Dude, the winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup last month.

Johnston said that he and trainer Don Warren will take a cautious approach toward Acclamation’s campaign.

“He’s too good of a horse,” Johnston said. “I’ve got to worry about him. I can’t worry about the races. He isn’t seriously injured, but it’s enough that we won’t make the Classic.”

Acclamation is unbeaten in his last seven starts, all stakes, including the 2011 Pacific Classic. Acclamation, 6, has won 11 of 30 starts and $1,958,048. The winning streak includes five Grade 1 races.

Last fall, Acclamation missed a start in the Breeders’ Cup races at Churchill Downs when he suffered a bruised foot following a victory in the Grade 2 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita.

Earlier this year, Acclamation was scratched from the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in April after Warren said he was not pleased with the way the horse had cooled out two days before the race. Subsequent tests revealed no injury.