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Eddie Read Purse Difference for Acclamation

For the human connections of Acclamation, the choice was between last Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Sunset Handicap on closing day of the Hollywood Park meeting, or  Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Eddie Read Handicap on the opening weekend at Del Mar.

The decision: scratch from the Sunset and gear up for the Read, the first of eight Grade I events during the 37-day meeting which starts today.

 “The main factor was that it’s three times as much money, and the (higher) grading helps the value of the horse a lot more,” trainer Don Warren said recently while supervising morning workouts at barn GG. “I was actually in favor of running in the Sunset; the owner (primarily Old English Rancho) was not. But it’s all good.”

On paper, the 1 ½ miles of the Sunset seemed better for Acclamation than the 1 1/8 of the Read. The 5-year-old son of Unusual Heat had completed 1 ½ miles successfully in winning the Jim Murray Handicap at Hollywood Park in 2010 and again last May. The most recent Grade II Jim Murray Handicap victory was followed up a month later with a win in the Grade I Charlie Whittingham at 1 ¼ miles.

But there was another factor to be considered.

“The turf course played into it,” Warren said. “He loves the turf at Hollywood Park, but by the end of the meeting it can get chewed up. We’re hoping for a smooth carpet down here that he’ll like just as well.”

Acclamation, with a career record of six wins, two seconds and six third-place finishes in 25 starts and earnings of $758,048, worked five furlongs on the turf in 1:01.40 on Monday. An “easy” breeze for a horse that Warren, 59, describes as easy to train.

“He just goes about his business and really loves to go to the racetrack,” Warren said. “I used to gallop my own horses until back trouble made me stop. I wish it was good enough that I could gallop him.”

Warren, who started as a hot walker as a teenager, had what he termed as “failed” back surgery two years ago but finds racetrack life therapeutic. “I take my pain killers and it feels better when I’m here (at the track) because this is where I want to be,” he said.


Acclamation and Caracortado were among the principles in a field of seven entered Wednesday in Saturday’s Eddie Read.

Caracortado, a 4-year-old California-bred Cat Dreams gelding trained by Michael Machowsky for Blahut Racing LLC or Lo Hi Racing, opened his 2011 campaign with a victory in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Santa Anita. With regular rider Joe Talamo up, Caracortado recorded runner-up finishes in two of four graded stakes assignments subsequent to the Sunshine Millions to build a career record of  7-2-2 from 15 starts and earnings of $618,105.



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@terrydickens, Acclamation's family were speedballs. The only stamina he could possibly come up with in this field (I deduce) is from his great-great grandparents.
acclamation has been working strong,and has the stamina to take this week field

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