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Breeders' Cup 2017

Acclamation Has Eye On Breeders' Cup Turf

Acclamation is galloping towards the Breeders’ Cup Turf. That’s the word from Tim Reavey, assistant trainer to Don Warren, who conditions last year’s Eclipse Award winner as champion Older Male for majority owner Bud Johnston.

“He’s galloping and he’s doing well,” Reavey said of the 6-year-old California-bred Unusual Heat horse, who has been sidelined with a “mild sprain” of his left foot since winning the Grade I Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar in July.

Reavey knows whereof he speaks. The native of England came to America’s shores in 1978 with Angel Penna. From there, he was tutored by legends of the turf John Nerud of Dr. Fager fame and Woody Stephens, whose signature achievement was saddling five straight Belmont Stakes winners.

Reavey has been with Warren for eight years.



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travel_vic- I beg to differ. There is a world of difference between the quality of Allez France and Zarkava and Ouija Board, who was a very good horse, but not the level of either of the two I mentioned. And Zarkava showed how much more she was than Goldikova on the track, so no more needs to be said. And your example of Hallowed Dreams is laughable as there is a world of difference quality-wise between the horses running in Cal and the horses running in Louisiana. If she had run her races only in CA or only in NY, she would have drawn attention, and still would not have shipped to do so.
1. You did not read or you did not comprehend my comment that began with "And another thing is". 2. Were these threads about drawing acclaim? NO. You have a compulsion to coat me with your unique ways, tv. I am not totally uncomfortable with that, but are you aware of doing that?
My actual resume would be deleted, as was my answer to you about that movie character, just because I used the word that was the race that Starformer won.
Add Round Table, Fort Marcy to that list as well.
You are truly amazing, tv. Suntanning is exactly what I had been doing each time before the fecundity set it. You can meet fecundity #1 at the BC. Yes, guys, the one on the bike. (To my pals.)
Hallowed Dreams, a sprinter, did not draw much acclaim for being sequestered in LOOOOOSiana. Champions take on all comers over all surfaces close to home and on the road. John Henry, Cougar II, Gio Ponti, Leroidesanimaux, High Chaparral, Singspiel, Chief Bearheart, Singspiel, Paradise Creek, Sky Classic, Sunshine Forever, Theatrical, Cozzene, Manila....and others went around the country taking on all comers.
And another thing is, tv, did you take a good long look at Acclamation's record? So, you noticed when he won his first graded stakes, and you've been reading along here at these several Acclamation threads, so you are aware of his own problems with his feet and leg(s). Use frog, fetlock, cannon bone, hock, stifle, whatever you gives you specific horse-word comfort--he had and still has problems with his legs and feet. And yet another thing is, about travel, well, that was tried, twice. The first time was unsuccessful. He did stumble at the start. I do not know how badly he stumbled. Then, during his last not positive streak, the horrid slop of Charlestown was attempted, maybe because he had run second on dirt at Fairplex in their route stakes, the Hinds. Some say he should have run in the big Eastern turf routes last year, since he finished 2011 with 5 graded stakes wins. Would you have nominated him to the '11 Million with his record prior to that race? The 12f Sword Dancer may have been a very good choice for Acclamation, but schedule-wise, he was preparing for the $1 million Pacific Classic, a race in which he set the record, which was broken this year. Possibly, he prepped for a BC Turf try, that was not to transpire, with his win in the Western Hirsch, instead of running in the Eastern Hirsch, with the thought that he would do better only shipping once for the BC, and prepping at home. You'd have to ask his connections about all of these decisions. They have had their own very serious health concerns. This year, you can see, if you check his record, when Acclamation made his first start of the year, a third consecutive win in the Charles Whittingham. He was supposed to start in an earlier race, but had another physical setback. After that race, you must have been reading along at these threads, so you know the rest of the history.
Never understood why fecundity, as easily attained as a sun tan in summer, is such a merit badge requiement worth pasting on one's resume. Amazing
last to should be the, word police.
tv, I'm a 50 yo grown adult woman, married, mother of 6, not some silly hero-worshiping kid. I'll be turning 51 soon, will be at the BC, both days. If you will be there, let me know, and you can say All of your weird crap to my face. Hero worship? I like or say I love a horse and enjoy this turf router and have followed his progress and setbacks over the past few years--that's pie-in-the-sky hero worship? A hero to me might be someone who politely thinks I deserve a goodbye, believe it or not; let's see, this week? Someone who rinses their dishes. I have a family that I love, and I am valued and loved in my home. That's as far as I need to go to find any heroes. I figure that you felt left out of the comments at these Acclamation threads. You are intelligent enough to figure out that they weren't an analysis of his races. Objectivity and reality? You wouldn't want to heavy serving of reality I manage every day. Don't worry, I won't explain.
I liked Allez France too, but equivalence maybe to these two not much higher
great ones like Zarkava didn't and ate Goldikova for a snack. Great ones like Allez France freaked out when she shipped. It is all a case by case basis. Neither Goldikova nor Ouija Board were as good or exuded more quality than the two I mentioned who didn't ship around the world.
Great ones, like Quija Board and Goldakova, went round the world and beat the best at their own venue. That exudes quality.
objectivity is reality. "Pie in the sky" hero worship is not.
It was a great run. You have a wonderful attitude, Tim. I hope you get to ride his sons and daughters.
its been fun. even with travelvics negativity. hopefuly not all over, but would prefer to see him go and breed at this point and take further risk out of equation. i thank you all once again. it was agreat run and fun experience.
also sorry to hear this. Hope all works out for him. And I second Mary Z.'s thanks for the updates. He was an exciting horse.
Tim, again, thank you for letting his fans know what's going on with Acclamation, and I am so sorry to read this news. Best wishes for whatever awaits him, mares or a return next year. And best wishes to you, too. A million thanks. I hope you keep in touch with updates on Acclamation or your other horses. Didn't think there'd be tears, but they came without warning.
recurrence of same problem. out for year and maybe more. could breed to mares early in tear and then try for possible return. BC again at SA next year.sad to think i may never ride him again.
Oh, dear....LOL Mary Z.!

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