06/10/2012 5:00PM

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.