10/07/2012 3:03PM

Santa Anita: Acclamation will miss Breeders' Cup Turf with injury

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Acclamation has been sidelined since August with a strained ligament, but is expected to return to training as a 7-year-old in 2013.

ARCADIA, Calif.  - Acclamation, the champion older male of 2011, will miss the Breeders’ Cup Turf next month because of a recurring leg injury, trainer Don Warren told Santa Anita publicity on Sunday.

A nine-time stakes winner who has won his last seven starts in graded stakes, Acclamation is expected to stay in training for a 2013 campaign as a 7-year-old, Warren said.

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Acclamation has not started since winning the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar in July. He missed the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on Aug. 26 because of a strained ligament in a foreleg. Acclamation resumed training in early September with an outside chance of making the BC Turf here on Nov. 3, Warren said at the time.

But after a recent workout, Warren was not pleased with Acclamation’s condition.

“It heated up on me, the sprain that he had a month ago,” Warren said on Sunday. “He worked good on the training track, but it heated up the next day, so we’re going to give up on the Breeders’ Cup.”

Acclamation worked six furlongs on the Santa Anita infield training track in 1:17.60 on Sept. 30.

“Everything had to go perfect to make the race,” Warren said of the BC Turf. “We’re done for the rest of the year. We’ve got to get him fixed right. We’ve got to give him more time.”

Owned by a partnership led by breeder Bud Johnston, Acclamation has won11 of 30 starts and $1,958,048. This year, he has made two starts, including a win in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in June.

david More than 1 year ago
You people crack me up. If a trainer manages his/her horse well, takes care of them, and tries to keep them racing then they are "ducking competition". If they run them when they are not ready and a serious injury occurs then the trainer and/or owner is greedy and using drugs and it " must have been because the horse raced at 2 ". Learn something about race horses before you post
Steve More than 1 year ago
smartest post in the entire thread.
Andy Dean More than 1 year ago
Well said David. People like that are showing their ignorance, or just want to stir things up.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
The horse wins 4 out of his 1st 23 starts,then goes on to win 7 stakes in a row,despite frequent layoffs due to "injuries and illness". Hmmmmm. Yeah,that's a clean sport you have out there in Cal.
Daniel Garcia More than 1 year ago
The people saying "retire him already," are the same people who complain about horses retiring too early. Horse racing needs horses that stay longer than just a couple years. I say let them race as long as they are healthy. And Acclamation is one hell of a horse. He has won on dirt, grass, and synthetics. You can't say that about a lot of horses.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
He's almost 7, There is quite a difference between retiring a 7 yo with many injuries over the years,and a healthy 3 yo
Five More than 1 year ago
retiring a healthy 3 yo, I don't think, Baffert ever retired a "healthy 3yo". That is saying something, you go figure......eh.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
For Dan Cronin, sat.customer, and Rene- If this injury is just a ruse to avoid running against real competition, why did Acclamation also miss starts in the Pacific Classic and John Henry Turf Championship? Those were two races he won last year, and he would have again been facing Cali horses without having to ship. So, you're telling me that the owners and trainer passed up a chance at first place prizes of $600k and $150k in order to fully convince people that the horse is injured, even though he really isn't, so that they can do what they've always wanted to do, and not run in the Breeders Cup for fear of being exposed as overrated? If that's the case, Mr. Warren and Mr. Johnston are really committed to this deception. But why didn't they skip the Pacific Classic and John Henry(Clement Hirsch) last year? If the plan the last 2 years has been to find an excuse to miss Breeders Cups, and they never had any intention to travel to Churchill last year, shouldn't they have skipped the Pacific Classic and John Henry last year to make the injury excuse more believable? Or did they only skip the Pacific Classic and John Henry this year because after having already skipped the BC once, it would have looked too suspicious to claim an injury right before the BC again? To make this year's injury believable, I guess they felt they had to also miss a few other races. Actually, Warren and Johnston were setting up this fake injury all year, because Acclamation was also forced to miss the gr.3 Inglewood back in the spring, a race that was spposed to serve as a prep to the Whittingham. They've been playing the long con all year! Back to reality. Do others see how preposterous this all sounds?
Five More than 1 year ago
Maybe they do not need the money, so they run him where he can win, and/or they're just babying him. But, to say, "setting up this fake injury all year" is really far fetched. With those theories, if you are not already, maybe you should be a detective looking for missing children.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Did you catch my last sentence? I was being sarcastic. Of course it's far fetched, that's my whole point.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Det. Jordan,lol. They were chicken last year to go to CD.Fact. He's older and not as good this year.
Jordan More than 1 year ago
Way to dodge the questions I posed. Det. Jordan got to the bottom of your bs.
laura ban More than 1 year ago
If he can become sound again great! Love to see a horse have a career beyond three years! But if not, do what is right for the horse.
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
Enough already. Let Acclamation get acclimated to retirement.
Mario Vargas More than 1 year ago
Retire the fellow and take P.Val with him. That horse was P. Val's only source of income this year.
Dan Cronin More than 1 year ago
Did anyone ever really think this horse would run in the BC? really? This trainer and horse has ducked everyone for 2 yrs. He only runs against weak Cal horses. He ducked out of Pac classic he never left Cal and beat anyone. When the horses are now coming to him what does he do? Now he's hurt. Really? He dont want any part of this BC group , what race could he even hit the board in? NONE.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
I thought the same thing,especially when they saw Point of Entry
Rene More than 1 year ago
mr. dan c. my thoughts exactly.....i guess trainer don warren and owners think we the fans are idiots...we have been in these games for too long not to know their real intentions....missing the BC in two consecutive years.....whatever .......
KeenelandCapper More than 1 year ago
i agree 100% with Dan..
Steve More than 1 year ago
Rachel Alexandra syndrome..
Andy Dean More than 1 year ago
Hey Dan, Sat, Rene, Keenland and Steve, I have a question. How many horses do you train?
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Retire him already. He can't win out of Cal. and is very injury prone. They made enough money with him.
Thomas Cook More than 1 year ago
There's no shame in retirement for a horse with his career. Coming back at 7 would be great if he is healthy. I'm all for letting a racehorse race.
chad mc rory More than 1 year ago
They said the magic words - Gotta get him fixed right, Gotta give him more time. Now that's a good place to start... Give that light behind his eye a chance to burn