05/15/2012 5:16PM

Hollywood: Acclamation still getting back in gear

Shigeki Kikkawa
Acclamation has won the past two runnings of the Charles Whittingham.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - After missing a scheduled start because of concern over soundness last month, Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, may finally make his 2012 debut in the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Handicap on June 9.

Acclamation was entered for the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap on April 27, but was scratched after trainer Don Warren expressed concern about the 6-year-old’s ankle. Subsequent tests revealed no damage and Acclamation resumed training last weekend.

Last Sunday, on Santa Anita’s training track, Acclamation was given an “open gallop,” or an exercise slower than a timed workout. The exercise schedule will intensify this month before further decisions are made on the Grade 1 Whittingham, a race that Acclamation has won in the last two years.

“He has to get through a couple of serious works,” Warren said. “I’m looking at the Whittingham if all goes well.”

Owned by a partnership that includes breeder Bud Johnston, Acclamation has won 9 of 28 starts and $1,628,048. He won five consecutive graded stakes to end 2011, but has not started since October.