Acclamation was named 2012 Horse of the Year by the California Thoroughbred Breeders' Association, becoming the eighth multiple winner of the honor.
The announcement was made at the CTBA's Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner held Monday night at the Westin Pasadena. Amazombie and Halo Dolly were the other finalists for Horse of the Year.
Acclamation, winner of the Eclipse Award as the nation's champion older male in 2012, earlier had been named champion Cal-bred older male and turf horse, also for the second consecutive season. He is the first Cal-bred to pull off that “triple-double” in history.
Acclamation is by Unusual Heat, out of the Silveyville mare Winning in Style, was bred by Old English Rancho, is owned by Hilvers, E.B. and Judy Johnston et al and is trained by Donald Warren.
He has 11 wins in 30 starts, earnings of $1,958,048 and won his only two starts in 2012, both Grade I races – the Eddie Read Stakes (for the second time) and the Charles Whittingham Memorial (for the third time).
Acclamation is currently standing stud for the 2013 breeding season at Old English Rancho.
The other champions that were presented at the dinner:
Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – “Unusual Heat,” owned by The Unusual Heat Syndicate.
Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Turf Earnings – “Unusual Heat,” owned by The Unusual Heat Syndicate.
Champion Sire of California Conceived Two-Year-Olds by Earnings – “Tribal Rule,” owned by Ballena Vista Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod.
Champion Sire of California Conceived Foals by Number of Winners – “Tribal Rule,” owned by Ballena Vista Farm and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod.
Champion Freshman Sire of California Conceived Foals by Earnings – “Council Member,” owned by Mickey and Karen Taylor.
Champion Breeders of California Foaled Thoroughbreds by Earnings – Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.
Trainer of the Year Award – Walther Solis.
Champion California-bred Horse of the Year – TBA at Awards Dinner.
Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Female – “Tilde,” bred by Revocable Trust of Dr. Mikel Harrington, owned by Mike Harrington Trustee, trained by Mike Harrington, sired by Swiss Yodeler.
Champion California-bred Two-Year-Old Male – “Monument,” bred by Lee & Susan Searing, owned by C R K Stable, trained by John Sadler, sired by Cindago.
Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Female – “Willa B Awesome,” bred by Terry Lovingier, owned by Phil Daniels, Patsy London, John Winters and Terry Lovingier, trained by Walther Solis, sired by Awesome Gambler.
Champion California-bred Three-Year-Old Male – “Unusual Heatwave,” bred by Montecito Stables, owned by Ellen Johnson, Peter Johnson Sr. and Teresa McWilliams, trained by Alexis Barba, sired by Unusual Heat.
Champion California-bred Older Male – “Acclamation,” bred by Old English Rancho, owned by Peter and Mary Hilvers and E.W. and Judy Johnston, trained by Don Warren, sired by Unusual Heat.
Champion California-bred Turf Horse – “Acclamation,” bred by Old English Rancho, owned by Peter and Mary Hilvers and E.W. and Judy Johnston, trained by Don Warren, sired by Unusual Heat.
Champion California-bred Older Female – “Halo Dolly,” bred by Rod Rodriguez and Lorraine Rodriguez, owned by Hoefflin, Hoefflin, Hollendorfer, O'Farrell, Robin, Todaro, Schneider, et al, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, sired by Popular.
Champion California-bred Sprinter – “Amazombie,” bred by Gregg Anderson, owned by Thomas Sanford and Bill Spawr, trained by Bill Spawr, sired by Northern Afleet.
Also at the dinner, race caller Trevor Denman and stallion Windy Sands were inducted into the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Hall of Fame.
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