Acclamation to enter stud at Old English Rancho in 2013
Champion older male Acclamation will begin his stud career at owner Bud
Johnston's Old English Rancho next year, but the California-bred star could
still return to the racetrack later in 2013, according to Daily Racing Form.
|Acclamation could return to the races after the breeding season
Acclamation has encountered setbacks that have limited his 2012 campaign to
just two starts. The six-year-old son of Unusual Heat has won them both,
however, extending his winning streak to seven. After scoring an unprecedented
three-peat in the Grade 1 Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap in his belated
reappearance on June 9, Acclamation successfully defended his title in the Grade
1 Eddie Read on July 21.
A ligament strain prematurely ended his season, along with his hopes of a
Breeders' Cup tilt at Santa Anita. Acclamation will need several more months to
recover, prompting the decision to stand him at stud. His initial fee has been
set at $20,000.
"We need to evaluate the injury and see how it heals," Johnston told DRF
regarding a possible return to action.
"The vets say in four or five months it should be 100 percent. If we plan on
bringing him back, we'd start jogging every day and breeding him when we want
Acclamation was voted the divisional Eclipse Award after ending 2011 on a
five-race winning spree. The Don Warren trainee began the skein by romping in
the Grade 2 Jim Murray Handicap for the second straight year, and followed up in
the Whittingham and Eddie Read. The handsome bay switched to Del Mar's Polytrack
for the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, where he held off Twirling Candy under a
trademark Pat Valenzuela ride, and set a new track record. He next captured the
Grade 2 Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship, but a subsequent hoof problem ruled
out any 2011 Breeders' Cup thoughts.
Acclamation's scorecard stands at 30-11-2-6, $1,958,048.
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