06/10/2012 6:00PM

Hollywood Park: Acclamation will follow same summer plan that led to 2011 Eclipse Award

Benoit & Associates
Acclamation will be pointed to the Eddie Read at Del Mar on July 21.

INGLEWOOD, Calif.- Acclamation, who won the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap for the third consecutive year on Saturday, is likely to have the same summer campaign as he did in 2011, trainer Don Warren said on Sunday.

Warren said the tentative plan is for Acclamation to start twice during the Del Mar meeting - in the $300,000 Eddie Read Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on turf on July 21 and the $1 million Pacific Classic on the synthetic main track on Aug. 26.

Warren is leaning against starting Acclamation in the $500,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 7.

Last year, Acclamation won the Read and Pacific Classic as part of a streak of five consecutive stakes wins that led to winning the Eclipse Award as the champion older male.

In Saturday’s Whittingham Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Betfair Hollywood Park, Acclamation led throughout as the even-money favorite, setting a slow pace and holding off Slim Shadey to win by a length. He extended his winning streak to six races.

Owned by a partnership led by breeder Bud Johnston, Acclamation has won 10 of 29 starts and $1,778,048.

The Whittingham was Acclamation’s first start since the Grade 2 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita last October. Acclamation was entered for the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap here in late April, but did not start after Warren expressed concern about his soundness.

Subsequent tests revealed no abnormalities, allowing Acclamation to return to normal training in May.

The style of Saturday’s win, under jockey Patrick Valenzuela, left Warren impressed.

“He’s kind of a special horse,” Warren said. “He’s amazing. You can’t do that with too many horses off the bench.

“It’s amazing the stamina and the speed he has. He’s an incredible horse.”

Valenzuela manages to make weight

Valenzuela’s win on Acclamation was his first ride in three weeks.

He took off his mount on May 20, citing difficulties in controlling his weight. He weighed 120 1/2 pounds when he checked his weight before the Whittingham, and carried 124 pounds in the race.

Valenzuela, 49, has had trouble attracting mounts since returning to riding in late April after a five-month retirement.

Thursday, he has two mounts on an eight-race program. He does not have any mounts on Friday’s eight-race program.

John Flynn More than 1 year ago
I do not bet chalk & did not bet the race. Patrick give this horse a Flawless Ride.
Marcelo Rivadeneira More than 1 year ago
Oh and to Anonymous he's a California based horse so why ship him when they are offering $1 million to run at Del Mar??? Makes no sense.
Marcelo Rivadeneira More than 1 year ago
How about we get some editors here at the Daily Racing Form to fix that "manges" to manages ok guys. God knows I pay enough for the damn form at my local track to expect you guys can fork over the dough to hire a few decent editors. Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone know if they plan on running Acclamation in the Breeders Cup?
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Is Bode in training, out of training or what? Haven't heard or seen a word since the Preakness.
rob More than 1 year ago
pretty sure he is pointed at the haskell and a showdown with union rags
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
Thanks Rob, So is he back to daily gallops?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
that would be sweet
Marcelo Rivadeneira More than 1 year ago
Poor Union Rags. "If" those two are to meet in the Haskell Bode will absolutely decimate UR.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm the Anonymous who responded to the other anonymous. My name is Brandon Layer if you must know but who really cares? My post come up anonymous for some reason and I really don't care if anyone knows who I am. It sounds like you think people choose to be anonymous because they are scared for people to know who they are. That's not the case. I never chose to be anonymous and a lot of others didn't choose to be anonymous either.
Jack Frazier More than 1 year ago
Anonymous. Why don't you use your name? And as a matter of fact, what is wrong with following a plan that worked, having an older horse who is still at the top of his game and managing him to his advantage? Are you a horse owner or just an arm-chair commenting cynic? Cynical people only see the half empty glass.. His race was fantastic, P. Val rode a picture perfect race, outsmarted the other riders by slowing the pace to a crawl knowing he had a horse that could sprint the last half in 46 and change. Appreciate a good horse with a team that can follow a plan to perfection.
Mooch J More than 1 year ago
Half the time I post it comes up with my name, other times it comes up Anonymous for reasons unknown. I am not the Anonymous that posted the other comment here but there are many different Anonymous' on here and no one understands why.
Jack Frazier More than 1 year ago
Never had that problem but your point is well taken. I don't think those anonymous folks want anyone to know who they are. Perhaps some come up that way for one reason or another but others just don't want anyone to know who they are. A cheesy way to make a point.
Melissa Boyd More than 1 year ago
Well said. Acclamation has NOTHING to prove... He strength, speed, and ability to finish strong should be muzzle enough to hold "Anonymous'" mouth. However I doubt it, so we move on. I think he ran very strong, for just being rehabbed. Acclamation is an amazing horse, who has earned every visit to the winners circle. Both Rosario, and P. Val have done an amazing job with their mounts. Stay tuned for the "Acclamation Show" this summer, he's set the pace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Acclamation will follow same summer plan that led to 2011 Eclipse Award". Oh, so he'll stay in California and avoid running anywhere that has even a slightly tough opponent?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'd say don't blame them blame the graded stakes committee if you think these races aren't that good. They are G1 races so it's hard to knock them for that. Besides, it's not like East Coast horses come west all the time either. I would like to see Acclamation in races like the Man O' War, Arlington Million and Turf Classic, but he is planning on running in the Pacific Classic and that should be a good one.
Melissa Boyd More than 1 year ago
I find it funny that you say Acclamation hasn't facesd any compition, when in the Pacific Classic, he beat Twirling Candy AND Game on Dude. Both Kentucky bred horses are amazing contenders. Not to mention, Acclamation is a turf horse, and STILL managed to pull it out. But please by all means continue to bang on Acclamation, so that I can continue to ruturn the day after, look for your ridiculous hater posts and rub your nose in it.