05/08/2012 1:29PM

Hollywood Park: Acclamation back training after medical tests

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Acclamation was withdrawn from the Inglewood Handicap and passed on the Mervyn LeRoy.

Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, has resumed training in recent days at Santa Anita after undergoing a battery of tests following signs of unsoundness in late April.

The tests – which included conventional X-rays, a nuclear scan and blood tests – revealed no injuries or abnormalities, trainer Don Warren said.

Warren said on Tuesday that Acclamation galloped at Santa Anita after jogging on Sunday and Monday. Acclamation was out of training for a few days last week.

“We hadn’t trained him in three or four days to make sure we did all the X-rays, nuclear scan, and blood tests,” Warren said. “We’ve done all the things you can do. We’re not sure what was bothering him. It’s nothing major.”

The winner of five consecutive graded stakes last year, Acclamation was entered for the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park on April 27, but was withdrawn the day of the race because of concern about the condition of one of his ankles. There were discussions about a start in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap last Saturday, but that was canceled when the tests took place.

Warren said on Tuesday that Acclamation will gallop daily for “week or so” before a potential workout. “We’ll take it one day at a time,” he said. “We’ll do that until we feel confident that we can work him.”

No race goals have been mentioned, he said, pending conversations with veterinarians and majority owner Bud Johnston. “The vet, Bud and me have 100 years of experience,” he said. “We’re not going to run unless all three of us feel comfortable.”

A 6-year-old, Acclamation has won 9 of 28 starts and $1,628,048.

Another blow for Avila

The fatal breakdown of Bobina after the finish of Saturday’s Grade 3 Senorita Stakes was the second time in two years that trainer A.C. Avila had a horse win a stakes on turf at Hollywood Park and be severely injured.

In 2010, Global Hunter won the Grade 2 American Handicap in July 2010 and suffered an ankle injury that required surgery. Global Hunter stands at stud at Magali Farms, in Santa Ynez, Calif.

Bobina was euthanized after suffering a fetlock injury after the wire.

Owned by breeder Haras Santa Maria de Araras, Bobina was unbeaten in three starts. The Senorita was her stakes debut.

Her death stunned Avila, who had hoped that Bobina could start in the $400,000 American Oaks over 1 1/4 miles on turf on July 14.

“It was the same spot as Global Hunter,” Avila said. “It was tough to lose a good filly. She was bred for a mile and a quarter.”

Midnight Transfer turned out

Midnight Transfer, the winner of the San Pedro Stakes at Santa Anita in January, has been turned out for three months after being diagnosed with a non-displaced condylar fracture of a cannon bone, trainer Carla Gaines said on Tuesday.

A winner of 2 of 7 starts and $132,050, Midnight Transfer underwent successful surgery over the weekend to have a stabilizing screw placed in the affected leg , Gaines said.

Gaines downplayed the severity of the injury, saying that Midnight Transfer is expected to make a recovery and return to racing.

“It’s kind of like as good as it gets, if you’re going to have one of those,” she said. He came out [of surgery] in good shape.”

Midnight Transfer was being prepared for Saturday’s $100,000 Laz Barrera Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds over seven furlongs when the injury was detected. Owned by Warren Williamson, Midnight Tranfer was seventh to eventual Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7.

The Grade 3 Barrera is expected to include American Act, who won the Harry Henson Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 26. The field will not include Right to Vote, who was third in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park last fall.

Trained by Eoin Harty, who has a division at Hollywood Park, Right to Vote was nominated for the Barrera, but will start in the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, Harty said.

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