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Acclamation and Patrick Valenzuela(rail) defeat Twirling Candy and Joel Rosario to win the Pacific Classic(GI) "Win and You're in" Breeders' Cup Classic Division at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, CA. August 28, 2011
The injury that will keep Acclamation from defending his championship in the TVG Pacific Classic has been determined to be a “mild strain” of a ligament in the area of the left front pastern.

“It’s not serious. It’s not career-ending, at least we don’t think so right now,” owner E.W. “Bud “ Johnston said Thursday morning. “But it’s something that makes it impossible to train on it for a short period of time at least.

“We’ve been very fortunate with him and we were really looking forward to the race. But we’re hoping that maybe we can meet those guys (Pacific Classic rivals) in the Breeders’ Cup.”

The Breeders’ Cup World Championships are November 2-3 at Santa Anita. Acclamation, the reigning Eclipse Award winner in the Older Male category, is a candidate for either the $3 million Breeders’ Cup Turf or $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 3.

“I’m sorry for Del Mar,” Johnston said. “He’s a very popular horse and he would

have brought interest to the race and some people to the grandstand. And it’s just nice to have those kinds of horses in a race.”

There is no timetable, Johnston said, for a return to training or racing. “We have to keep a close watch, and he’ll tell us when he’s ready,” Johnston said. “We can’t say one way or the other, but he’s not lame or anything, he’s acting fine this morning, and I think he’ll be back.”

With Acclamation out, stablemate Norvsky will be nominated to the TVG Pacific Classic, Del Mar Handicap and Del Mar Mile – races on August 25 and 26 for which the nomination deadline is today – and decide on a race next week.

“We’re probably leaning toward the mile ($200,000 Grade II Del Mar Mile on turf, Sunday, August 26), but we’ll see what the races look like and consider our options,” Johnston said. “He’s doing really well right now.”


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Oh, I see what you mean now. Maybe I read forego as footy, even though you're footlick, lol.
Yes, footy, your comment was, Mary Z. ????
I only saw one comment, lol. But I didn't know why I was referenced. Did I make a comment I didn't know about?
Note, kids: "All the time", colloquial for "all of the time" does not include trips to Monmouth(turf) or Charles Town(dirt, but at the time,slop) or winning a grade 1 million dollar purse race on a synthetic track, in 2011. Those instances are not part of "all the time". Which connections that have a horse that was 2 for 17, with the two wins in a maiden and optional claiming race prior to their first stakes win at age 4, wouldn't nominate that horse to "everything under the sun" at top level, especially with a horse that has shown to "just love" travelling, not to mention that the reports of Acclamation's past foot problems that didn't reach everyone's consciousness?(sarcasm) Hi, tv. Too cutesy? Notob, You've been seeing how good he really is.
not as long as he stayed sequestered on tracks that favor his style. This one has not really been challenged but stays in his back yard all the time.
I just wonder if we'll ever be able to see how really good he is...
Let's hope for a speedy recovery and I know they want to get him there to the BC but I hope they give him enough R&R.
don't like any good horse hurt
footy, my comment was posted like 48 times, but Brian kindly deleted the duplicates.
Mary Z.- ????
LOL, that stuck. I already asked for it to be fixed.
Yes, I think it's pretty much set that this is his last year, footy, but I do hope we get to see Acclamation run a few more times on turf. I'm so glad that he receives such excellent care. Get well soon, Champ.
This is good news, let's hope he make's it to the B.C. period, either the Turf or the dirt, most likely it will be the Turf and he most likely be retired after that because he has nothing more to prove and all that racing is finally catching up to him health wise.

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