07/21/2012 5:57PM

Del Mar: Acclamation repeats in Eddie Read while stretching win streak to seven

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Pat Valenzuela celebrates as Acclamation nears the finish of his second straight victory in the Grade 1 Eddie Read.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Acclamation is making summertime success at Del Mar an annual event.

For the second consecutive year, Acclamation won the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf on Saturday, leading throughout and never facing a major challenge. Acclamation extended his winning streak to seven races, all graded stakes, in the Eddie Read.

“Each race gets a little more nerve-racking,” owner-breeder Bud Johnston said. “It’s very satisfying.”

Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, Acclamation ($3) won the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes by 2 3/4 lengths over Interaction, the winner of the Group 1 Carlos Pellegrini Stakes in Argentina in 2009. Casino Host closed from last in a field of five to finish third, followed by Hog’s Hollow and Slim Shadey.

Acclamation led by as much as 1 1/2 lengths through an opening half-mile of 24.97 and 49 seconds. Slim Shadey, second to Acclamation in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in June, was second for the first seven furlongs, but faded from contention in the stretch.

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Acclamation led by four lengths at the eighth pole and finished in 1:46.86. Acclamation ran the final three furlongs in 34.29 seconds and the last furlong in 11.41 seconds.

“It was an exciting race,” Johnston said. “These winning streaks are hard to keep going but he made it look easy.”

Interaction, the winner of an optional claimer at Hollywood Park in June, in his California debut, was fourth on the turn and closed well through the stretch. For a few moments, jockey Brice Blanc thought Interaction could give Acclamation a fuss in the stretch.

“He was much the best and hard to catch,” Blanc said of Acclamation. “He outran us from the middle of the turn.”

Blanc thinks Interaction will be better served by longer races.

“He’ll keep improving and he wants more distance, too,” Blanc said.

Acclamation won the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic last August and has the same race as a goal on Aug. 26, Johnston said.

“Now hopefully the Pacific Classic is on our future,” Johnston said.

Trained by Don Warren, Acclamation, 6, has won 11 of 30 starts and $1,958,048. The winning streak includes five Grade 1 races.