return to the Hollywood
Park turf course was all
Acclamation needed to get back to the winner’s circle.
bred became the second repeat winner of the $150,000 Jim Murray Memorial
Handicap Saturday, easily disposing of four rivals. Ending a four race losing
streak, Acclamation joined On the Acorn, who won the Grade II in 2007 and 2008
for Indizguys Stable and trainer Mike Mitchell.
the day’s main event was formful, upsets were the rule the remainder of the
program, leading to a Pick 6 carryover of $80,019 when racing resumes Sunday.
No tickets were able to isolate even five winners. Four was worth $2,286.
time Sunday is 1 p.m. The Pick 6 begins on the fourth race.
Belmont Park has a two-day carryover in its Pick
6. The jackpot stands at $99,745. The Pick 6 commences in the fifth race.
Scheduled post time is 12:08 PDT.
for the first time by Joel Rosario, Acclamation, a son of Unusual Heat and the
Silveyville mare Winning in Style, was content to track runaway leader All
Saint for most of the trip, took over the lead with little effort approaching
the stretch, then widened in the final two furlongs.
record setting winner of the Murray
a year ago when prevailing by 7 ½ lengths, Acclamation nearly matched the
7-5 favorite finished seven lengths ahead of Falcon Rock while running the 1 ½
miles in 2:25.63. The final time was nearly a second faster than his first win
in the race. Acclamation’s 2010 clocking was 2:26.59.
by Peter and Mary Hilvers and breeders Bud and Judy Johnston and trained by Don
Warren, Acclamation won for the fifth time in 24 starts. Now 4-for-6 on the Hollywood Park grass, the bay has earned $608,048.
14-1 eighth choice in a field of 10 in last year’s Murray, Acclamation returned $4.80, $2.80 and
Rock, who finished a half-length in front of 5-2 second choice Haimish Hy, paid
$3.80 and $2.40. The 6-year-old gelded son of Hawk Wing was also the runner-up
a year ago.
show price on Haimish Hy, returning to the scene of his upset victory in the
Hollywood Derby last Nov. 28, was $2.20. Buenos Dias and All Saint, who had a
five length advantage after one mile, completed the order of finish. Restless
Soul was scratched Friday.
was nice and relaxed all the way, just galloping,’’ said Rosario
after his first Murray
victory. “When I asked him to go, he just took off. He was much the best today.
I knew that other horse (All Saint) always goes to the lead, but if he didn’t,
I was prepared to go.
could see (All Saint) was a little rank, so I knew I could take more time
before I asked my horse. This was the first time I rode him, but I was on him a
couple of times in the morning a long time ago and I knew he was a good
next stop for Acclamation could be a defense of his title in the Charles
Whittingham Memorial Handicap. The Grade I at 1 ¼ miles on grass is June 11.
was a perfect plan today,’’ said Warren.
“We always knew the horse could sit second, as long as he’s not shuffled around
and bumped around. He doesn’t like to be bothered too much and doesn’t like to
be hit with the stick.
we got a race that set up for him and it was done right. He’s easily rateable
and he’s such a natural mile and one-half horse.’’