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No BC Turf for Acclamation

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

It’s official. There will be no Breeders’ Cup for Acclamation this year. Trainer Don Warren confirmed speculation that the 2011 Eclipse Award winner as outstanding older male would not make the World Championship events at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 and 3.

“It flared up a little bit again,” Warren said Sunday morning, referring to a sprain in the horse’s left leg. “It heated up on me, the sprain that he had a month ago. He worked good on the training track four or five days ago, but it heated up the next day, so we’re going to give up on the Breeders’ Cup.” The 6-year-old California-bred son of Unusual Heat had been ticketed for the $3 million Turf at 1 ½ miles.

Warren said Acclamation “probably” would remain at Santa Anita. “Everything had to go perfect to make the race. We’re done for the rest of the year. We’ve got to get him fixed right. We’ve got to give him more time.”

Meanwhile, time and hope were diminishing for Caracortado to make the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint. The late-running California-bred gelding hasn’t raced since the Daytona Stakes at Santa Anita last Jan. 8 due to a burn on the frog (an integral component of the hoof) of his right front foot.

“I don’t know if he’ll make the race,” trainer Mike Machowsky said by phone from Hollywood Park. “I haven’t ruled it out yet. It’s still up in the air. I’d say it’s 50-50; we’ll keep our fingers crossed.”

Caracortado breezed several times at Del Mar, but there have been no recorded works since at Hollywood or Santa Anita. Caracortado won his first five starts, including the Grade II Robert B. Lewis stakes as a 3-year-old. He has nine wins, with earnings of $864,105.



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Your dig about last year didn't go unnoticed. Lack of research about this horse on your part, and much speculation, but as long as you apply that skepticism equally and not just in picking on one horse, then that's just how you are, but in that way, fair in your pre-judgments.
Turfy, read the Acclamation threads. It's all been discussed, and yes, there's a reason that the connections themselves did not travel this year, and I think you already know that, but, in case you don't have the time to read, here's this, for now, about the trainer, but the owner also has health concerns. And you are really showing something today, as you will accept nearly any excuse for your personal favorites, wouldn't you? And why don't you address the connections personally. Do you have the guts to do that? If yes, do it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jzT1TvWh-0
I'm just bummed he's not racing. I hope he heals well and we will see him race again. No matter the competition, the way he wins is always fun to watch.
If Acclamation truly is hurt again then the timing of it all is a bit coincidental. It really does make his connections look like they're dodging a clash with Point of Entry and any of the European middle distance horses in the BC Turf. It wasn't an issue that he didn't run in last year's BC Turf because no one really expected him to leave California anyway. But when the competition is coming to your own backyard and the connections still pull you out of the race, what does that really say? Maybe there's a reason after why Acclamation's connections won't ever leave the state with him.

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