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Santa Anita Derby candidate Midnight Transfer worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday in 59.80. The San Pedro Stakes winner is preparing for the Grade I, $750,000 Santa Anita Derby at 1 1/8 miles on April 7.


“He worked very well,” said Carla Gaines, who trains the Kentucky-bred son of Hard Spun for principal client Warren Williamson.


Meanwhile, California-bred Acclamation, Eclipse Award winner as 2011’s Outstanding Older Male, had his first workout Saturday since suffering a bruise to his right foot following his fifth straight stakes victory, in the Grade II Clement L. Hirsch at Santa Anita last Oct. 2. On Santa Anita’s work tab, Acclamation was clocked in 53.60 for four furlongs over a firm turf course, although trainer Don Warren gave him a time of 1:07 for five furlongs.


“It was a little on the slow side,” said Warren, who supervised the drill as part owner and breeder Bud Johnston looked on. “But I told him (rider Fernando Valenzuela) if he had to err, error on the slow side. It was a little slow, but it went well.”


Acclamation had won five straight graded stakes, three of them Grade I’s, before he was sidelined following the Hirsch. With a 9-2-6 record from 28 starts, the bay has earned $1,628,048. Warren’s long-range plans call for the 6-year-old Unusual Heat horse to compete in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 and 3.



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