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Pacific Classic Next for Acclamation?

As expected, all was well Sunday at the stable of trainer Donald Warren on the morning after Acclamation’s successful title defense in the Eddie Read Stakes, first Grade I event of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club summer meeting.

On Saturday, Acclamation cruised to a wire-to-wire, 2 ¾-length victory in 1:46.86 for 1 1/8 miles over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course. The time was .13 of a second faster than in 2011 and Acclamation ran the final eighth in 11.41 seconds compared to 11.45 closing out last year’s win.

Warren said the 6-year-old California-bred “pulled up good and walked fine this morning,” showing no ill effects from the effort. The question to be answered in the next few days or weeks is whether to attempt a second title defense, this time in the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic on Sunday, August 26, or take another path.

“We’ll be looking at the Pacific Classic, just like last year,” Warren said. “It will all come down to how we feel about the way the meet goes with the Polytrack. If it seems like it’s kind to us, if it’s kind to the horses, that will play a big part in it.

“I  have the option of going (in) the Del Mar Handicap as well if I want to stay on the turf.”

The $200,000, Grade II Del Mar Handicap, at 1 3/8 miles on the Jimmy Durante Turf course,  is set for Saturday, August 25, one day before the TVG Pacific Classic.

Acclamation has won seven straight graded stakes races over the past two years and the $180,000 of the Read boosted his career earnings to $1,958,048. The goal for the year is the Breeders’ Cup Championships, November 2-3 at Santa Anita. Barring unforeseen circumstances, Acclamation will be there.

 Owner Bud Johnston paid a $50,000 supplemental fee to make Acclamation eligible for the Breeders’ Cup, eliminating the need for a successful title defense in the TVG Pacific Classic and the “Win and You’re In” exemption to the fall championship days that comes with it.

“He (Johnston) had to pay $50,000 on July 15 or $100,000 a couple weeks before (the Breeders’ Cup),” Warren said. “Myself, I would have ridden it out in case something happens to him.

“But he went for it and I’m sure he’s feeling pretty good about it right now.  If we get to the Breeders’ Cup,  we’ll have to decide whether to go in the ($5 million Classic) on the dirt or the ($3 million) Turf and take on the Europeans at a mile-and-a half.”


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In the 60's and 70's there was no $1,000,000 Pacific Classic nor any fall Hollywood Park meeting so the western handicap horses would plan on eastern campaigns. That is no longer the case. They have no need to travel to seek purses nor black type. Acclamtion is the reigning champion in his division. It should be incumbent on a shipper to come west to take his crown if they are capable, not vice versa.
of coures Bailey got suckered with Cigar
many times easterners learn that they cannot handle the harder surfaces on the west: Riva, Fort Marcy, Dehere and a few divas that could only win in New York
I too suffered for YEARS under the illusion that west coast racing really mattered, and it almost did for a few years in the 60's and 70's but no more
it looks like some more silly talk about cali horses going east to run, when the bc is going to be in cali. would like to see more of the east coast horses have less of the 'i'll stay east of the missisippi-itis' and do a race or two in cali in prep for s.a. anyway, a million dollars to stay on the west coast is a lot more sensible than spending money to race in a $500,000 race in the midwest or on the east coast.
Oh, you said the connections, Tim. No, they have serious health concerns, not fictitious ones.
I can't say he has that particular ailment, Tim, as he did win the PC and his precious parts got all muddy in West Virginia.
Whose quote is that, tv? I think Ca. has fast turf courses. Best? I like the courses I've viewed Frankel or Black Caviar racing on. Personally, I love the downhill at Santa Anita, but that course would only factor into a turf sprint champion's record and there's not a specific Eclipse for that category.
In the past West coast based stables had no fear of raiding the fall races in New York and Maryland, but no longer
The nice thing about Acclamtion is he is way more than a flash in the pan. Maybe he stays in california but One cant deny he is a fantastic horse. He has been running extremely sharp for quite some time... Its not his fault his trainers/owner have a case of ZenyaITIS... It is a west coast disease lol
zxs, every time I chime in, I'm called out for it, but I guess I can't do the same. I read through your old comments, starting with page 53 and I see that you were let's say disappointed in the campaign of the Ca. mare. I don't see how Acclamation who was not a BCC winner, but had only won two graded stakes through age 4, and was coming off a 4 race losing streak before beginning his string of wins starting with the '11 Jim Murray, compares as he was not a champion supposedly ducking top competition. I don't even think he was nominated for the Million for example, last year. What would have been a reason to do so, given his past record? Also, in the past, some chances were taken with him in terms of travel. You cant say he ducked an off track at Charles Town, which had to be sloppier than CD was that one time, and honestly, I don't know what his excuse was for the United Nations of 2010 except that he bumped with recent Red Bank winner Get Serious.
QUOTE;, Cal has some of the best turf courses n the country. Sorry to tell you that New York and Toronto beat the Cal based courses by country miles
Show me a horse that can run on Calif, Chicago, Toronto, New York and Florida turf and you have a real champion
Show me a horse that can run on Calif, Chicago, Toronto, New York and Florida turf and you have a real champion
Not likely to leave until he stands at stud, then he may have to find a new home outside of Ca., as Unusual Heat is an active and prolific turf sire out there. Maybe the Euros will want Acclamation to add some speed to their stayers as they had Unusual Heat in his early years.
@ Mary Z- If majority agreed to the same principle, they are consider pal? What land did you hail from? BTW...if you would read one thread down, you will see that TV and I are disagreeing on a topic, does that make us enemy?
@ Mary Z- If majority agreed to the same principle, they are consider pal? What land did you hail from? BTW...if you would read one thread down, you will see that TV and I are disagreeing on a topic, does that make us enemy?
my posts are mine.....If I agree or diagree that is for others to figure out
When this one walks out of the shadows, cleans off his gloves and takes on the big guns OUTSIDE the putting greens where grass actually has some length and bounce, the horse will be questionalbe BIG TIME
Nice to see that you have a new pal in zxs, tv.

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