03/30/2012 3:17PM

Santa Anita: Acclamation targets Inglewood at Hollywood Park

Shigeki Kikkawa
Acclamation is scheduled to make his first start of 2012 in the April 27 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, is likely to make his 2012 debut in the $100,000 Inglewood Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Hollywood Park on April 27, trainer Don Warren said.

Acclamation worked six furlongs in 1:13.80 on Thursday. “It was a little faster than I wanted,” Warren said.

Owned by a partnership led by Bud Johnston, Acclamation has not raced since winning the Grade 2 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita last October. He won five graded stakes last year. A start in the Breeders’ Cup last November was scrapped because of a minor foot injury.

Warren said that Acclamation began workouts in late February with a series of five-furlong workouts in 1:07 or 1:08 that were “too slow to be timed,” he said.

“I think he’s in good shape,” Warren said.

Three supporting stakes on derby card

The Santa Anita Derby program is expected to have 11 races, and will feature four stakes.

Aside from the Santa Anita Derby and Potrero Grande Stakes, there will be two turf stakes for fillies and mares – the $150,000 Providencia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies over 1 1/8 miles, and the $75,000 American Beauty Stakes for older fillies and mares over a mile.

Aptly named feature for April 1

Sunday’s feature race is the $75,000 Sidd Finch Stakes, a fitting name for a race on April 1.

In 1985, Sidd Finch was the subject of a lengthy profile by the late journalist George Plimpton in Sports Illustrated. Finch, a rookie pitcher with the New York Mets, played French horn, was a yoga master, and threw a fastball clocked at 168 miles per hour.

The article detailed the young man’s life, but was all a practical joke, now one of legend. The first letter of each word of the article’s subhead spelled out Happy April Fools Day. The article was published on April 1.

Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle hatched the idea for the Sidd Finch Stakes. The winning owner of the Sidd Finch Stakes will be presented with a Mets hat.