Acclamation Sidelined by Foot Problem
West Coast star Acclamation, winner of five straight races, including the TVG Pacific Classic (gr. I), won’t run again this year because of a foot problem, according to an Oct. 11 Daily Racing Form story.
Buddy Johnston of Old English Rancho revealed that heat in one of the 5-year-old bay horse’s feet has limited his recent activity.
“He isn’t in any real discomfort, but you know when you’ve got heat you’ve got something to worry about,” Johnston told the Form. “There are no factures, but even a bruised foot, like this appears to be, can cost you time. The last thing you’d want to have is a short horse for a mile-and-a-half race as tough as the (Emirates Airline) Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT).”
Old English Rancho bred Acclamation and Johnston and his wife, Judy, race the son of the Old English Rancho-based stallion Unusual Heat in partnership with Peter and Mary Hilvers.
Acclamation has won nine of his 28 career races and has earned $1,628,048. This year, he has five victories in seven outings.
Acclamation’s win streak began in May when he took the Jim Murray Handicap (gr. IIT) for the second year in a row at Hollywood Park. He followed that effort with his second consecutive victory in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (gr. IT) at Hollywood. Then Acclamation captured the Eddie Read Stakes (gr. IT) and the Pacific Classic at Del Mar. His most recent triumph came in the Oct. 2 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship Stakes (gr. IIT) at Santa Anita Park.
Johnston told the Form that Acclamation, who is trained by Don Warren, would soon be sent to the farm for a rest and be turned out in a grass paddock.
“He’s telling us we’d be smart to give him a little time, so that’s what we are going to do,” Johnston said.
Bred in California, Acclamation is out of the Silveyville mare Winning in Style.
Copyright © 2014 The Blood-Horse, Inc. All Rights Reserved.