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Long Distance Double Double for Acclamation on Hollywood Turf (Video)

For the second straight year, Acclamation followed up a win going a mile and a half on Hollywood Park’s turf course in the Jim Murray Handicap (Grade II) with a victory going a quarter mile less in the Charles Whittingham Memorial Handicap (Grade I).


Sent off as the 3-to-5 favorite in the short field of six today, the five-year-old son of Unusual Heat made the lead early after breaking from the inside post No. 1 and maintained a measured length advantage over 7-to-1 third choice Celtic New Year while setting soft fractions. With Joe Talamo aboard for the first time in seven starts, Acclamation widened his lead through the stretch to finish three and a half lengths in front.


Bourbon Bay ran third as the 9-to-5 second choice and is still winless away from Santa Anita Park since he moved to Southern California.


After winning last year’s Whittingham, Acclamation finished far back in his two remaining starts of 2010 and began 2011 with two more dismal efforts. However, a return to the Hollywood turf course, where he’s now won 5-of-7, has resulted in a pair of victories to push his career earnings over $750,000.


“We’ll consider the Hollywood Gold Cup. That’s doing something different,” said trainer Donald Warren despite his horse being winless in six starts over a synthetic surface.


Although Acclamation ran last in the United Nations (Grade I) at Monmouth Park last year, Warren has not ruled out another ship to the east coast.


“I think that course back there would suit him. I don’t know why he didn’t run well there last year,” said Warren. “Both times I shipped him out of town he hasn’t run well and I can’t understand why because he’s not a nervous horse.”


As far as who will ride Acclamation, Warren said Joel Rosario, who was aboard for the first time in this year’s Jim Murray, has the first call. Talamo would be next, but Christian Santiago Reyes, who was aboard in both his wins here last year, has fallen out of favor after four straight resounding defeats.


“That’s my horse. I don’t know what happened,” Reyes told me after today’s race.


Warren sees things differently explaining, “I was not happy with the last couple of rides he gave. I couldn’t convince the man that the horse didn’t have to be in front. After he won those two races last year, he just had it in his head that the horse needed to be in front all the way and we insisted that he didn’t.”


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Meet Marc Doche

 

As a life long horse racing fan and handicapper, it’s an honor to be joining
Horseracingnation.com to share my knowledge and expertise on a daily basis to horse racing fans.
 
Since the early 1980’s when I visited Santa Anita with my grandfather as a young boy, the track has been in my blood. As soon as I turned 16, I was driving out to the track as much as possible, and with the advent of the self-service machines, was able to wager hassle free.
 
After graduating from UCLA in 2000, I began my career in sports media as a site manager for Athletesdirect.com and a couple of years later became the Media Relations Coordinator for the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League.
 
In the past few years, I have moved my focus to covering the Sport of Kings and have worked in the early hours to better understand morning workouts and putting the pieces of the handicapping puzzle together.
 
I have also used my journalistic talents to produce video coverage of stakes races in Southern California, as well as interviews with jockeys, trainers, owners and more. I look forward to providing their in-depth insight to you.