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Acclamation Faces 11 in Whittingham Memorial

Seeks to become second California-bred to win Whittingham in last five years.

Acclamation, easy winner of the Jim Murray Memorial Handicap on May 15, drops back in distance when he faces 11 opponents in the $250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood Park on June 5.

A 7 1/2-length winner at 14-1 in his first excursion at 1 1/2 miles in the Murray Memorial, the Unusual Heat  will cut back to 1 1/4 miles in the Whittingham. Owned by breeders Bud and Judy Johnston and trained by Don Warren, Acclamation is trying to become the second California-bred winner of the Whittingham in the last five years. Lava Man was successful in 2006.

Acclamation, who has won three of 18 starts while earning $347,048, will be seeking his first grade I score. He will be ridden by Christian Santiago.

Trainer Neil Drysdale, who began his Hall of Fame career as an assistant to the legendary Whittingham, will send out Scintillo. A victory for Drysdale would be his record-equaling seventh in the race, which was previously called the Hollywood Invitational Turf Handicap. Whittingham and the late Bobby Frankel currently share the mark.

Scintillo, fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Murray, eight lengths behind Acclamation, will have a new rider in Martin Pedroza. Owned by Leonard Lucas, the 5-year-old English-bred son of Fantastic Light has won five of 28 and earned $524,499.

Battle Of Hastings is the most accomplished horse entered in the Whittingham cast. Trained by Jeff Mullins for owner Michael House, the 4-year-old Royal Applause colt has collected $1,171,141 while capturing six of 18.

Trainer Julio Canani, who has never won the Whittingham, will be represented by Loup Breton, the top weight at 119 pounds. Third, beaten by a neck in the Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs on May 1, Loup Breton has won five of 23 and earned $730,712. Owned by Wildenstein Stable, the 6-year-old Anabaa horse will be ridden for the first time by Rafael Bejarano.

$250,000 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT, Race 10), 3YO/up, 1 1/4 miles (Turf)

PP, Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer

1. Acclamation (CA), Santiago Reyes, 116, D Warren

2. Rendezvous (KY), J Talamo, 115, J Hollendorfer

3. Unusual Suspect (CA), A Quinonez, 114, B Abrams

4. Red Sun (CA), V Espinoza, 115, C Gaines

5. Loup Breton (IRE), R Bejarano, 119, J C Canani

6. Porfido (CHI), D R Flores, 114, H Ascanio

7. Brushburn (CA), B Blanc, 113, S Knapp

8. Hyades (KY), O A Cedeno, 113, B D Cecil

9. Scintillo (GB), M A Pedroza, 118, N D Drysdale

10. Carry Gulch (ARG), K John, 115, P Miller

11. Battle of Hastings (GB), T Baze, 118, R H Ayers

12. Great Siege (IRE), J A Garcia, 113, D E Hofmans