04/27/2012 5:08PM

Hollywood: Acclamation scratched from Inglewood Handicap


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, was withdrawn from Friday’s Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on the afternoon of the race after trainer Don Warren said he was unhappy with the way the 6-year-old cooled out after a gallop at Santa Anita on Thursday.

Warren said that precautionary X-rays taken of one of Acclamation’s ankles on Friday morning showed no damage, but that the decision was made to scratch from the Inglewood. Acclamation would have been heavily favored in the Inglewood, run over 1 1/8 miles on turf.

“I saw him take a few bad steps after he got a bath” on Thursday morning, Warren said. “By the afternoon, he seemed perfectly fine.

“We took X-rays of his ankle but those were negative. I don’t know if he wrenched it or sprained it, but there was no heat there.”

Acclamation is scheduled to be jogged at Santa Anita on Saturday, an program of light exercise that will determine how to go forward, Warren said.

“I’ll play it by ear,” he said. “I’ll tack him up and take him out. I’ll see if he’s okay. If he’s okay, we’ll go from there.”

Warren said he was disappointed that Acclamation was unable to start in the Inglewood, which drew only five entrants.

“I can’t take the chance that there is something that we haven’t found yet,” he said. “I’ll jog him tomorrow and see how he comes back and go from there. It was a tough decision to scratch out of that race.”

Owned by a partnership led by breeder Bud Johnston, Acclamation has won his last five starts, all in graded stakes. A 6-year-old California-bred by Unusual Heat, Acclamation has won 9 of 28 starts and $1,628,048.