Acclamation: leading contender will miss the Pacific Classic through injuryPICTURE: EquiSport Photos/Alex Evers
Injured Acclamation to miss Pacific Classic
USA: Six-time Grade 1 winner Acclamation is expected to miss the $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar on August 26 because of inflammation below an ankle, owner Bud Johnston said on Wednesday.
The six-year-old was scheduled to have a workout on Thursday in advance of the Pacific Classic where he was expected to be the first or second in the betting behind Game On Dude, the winner of last month's Hollywood Gold Cup.
Johnston told Daily Racing Form: "I think it's a 90 percent chance we're out of the Classic. I don't want to take a chance on it.
"He's too good of a horse," Johnston said. "I've got to worry about him. I can't worry about the races. He isn't seriously injured, but it's enough that we won't make the Classic."
Acclamation is unbeaten in his last seven starts, all stakes, including the 2011 Pacific Classic.