10/07/2012 4:03PM

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.