Acclimate Finding His Stride In Retirement

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He would stand stock still, like a soldier at attention, as owners came by to inspect and admire his form.

Trainer Phil D’Amato would say, “Acclimate is what you want to see when you go to the sales.”

The muscular bay, well conformed with solid legs and hooves to match is every owner’s dream. With over $750,000 in earnings, the 8-year-old stalwart is every trainer’s dream too.

“Acclimate is such a cool horse to be around. He just knew his job,” reflected his D’Amato.

There was no ticker tape parade or hero’s welcome as he journeyed to the winner’s circle on March 20, but Acclimate (Acclamation) was barely blowing and stood with eyes glowing and ears pricked to have his photo taken one last time. He had just gone gate-to-wire with nary a challenge to win the Grade 3 1 ½ mile San Luis Rey Stakes by a half-length over Dicey Mo Chara. While he may not have a retirement ceremony befitting a horse of his statue, Acclimate’s story is far from over.

Dr. Courtney Stammerjohan, the resident veterinarian at Harris Farms where Acclimate was foaled in 2014 remembered him.

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