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Acclamation Comeback Not Ruled Out

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

Acclamation serviced his first mare as a stallion at Bud Johnston’s Old English Rancho in Sanger recently, but Johnston still holds hope that the 7-year-old Unusual Heat horse can make it back to the race track, where he earned an Eclipse Award as champion older male of 2011.

Acclamation was named California-bred Horse of the Year for the second straight year Monday night at the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s annual awards dinner.

“We’re concentrating on the breeding season now,” Johnston said a few days before the award was announced, “but I would love to try him in the Breeders’ Cup this year (at Santa Anita Nov. 1 and 2). There are a lot of things to consider and resolve before something like that could happen, but he loves to train, he looks good and he acts wonderful.”

Acclamation has not raced since winning the Grade I Eddie Read at Del Mar on July 21, 2012. An attempted comeback was aborted early last October when a sprain in the horse’s left leg reoccurred.

Trained by Don Warren and also owned by Johnston’s wife, Judy, and Mary and Peter Hilvers, Acclamation has an 11-2-6 record from 30 starts, with earnings of $1,958,048. He stands at Old English Rancho in Sanger for “an advertised stud fee” of $20,000.



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I mean its def a no brainer but, isnt there that little feeling inside you that you're gitty just reading this article. I even google searched it and an artice was written in Feb and later in April that theres a possilbility he could return for late 2013 and possibly Breeders Cup. His $20k stud fee which is highest in Caly the articles say is another reason why we probably wont see this champ return. But boyyyy would i love to see it. I'll even fly from Jersey to Del Mar to watch em lol.
I would love to see his return but then you have to put yourself in the horses shoes...go back to work? or hang out with the ladies? no brainer there. ;-)
Wow. Weird of me to be jealous of a mare, lol. jerzmade, I'd go wild, too. He's my magical horse fiance. But, I wouldn't want him to ever risk injury. He veered way out in the stretch in his final race. If he can't come back as safely as possible, then I'll look forward to his offspring running.
Just revisiting my favorite horse of all time and came across this article that got me excited by def a long shot. There really isnt any truth to this is there? if so im gonna go wild.

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