Jay Em Ess Stable's undefeated champion Declan's Moon will miss his scheduled start in the Oct. 14 Perryville Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland after coming up slightly body sore following a pair of workouts late last month, trainer Ron Ellis said.
The 3-year-old bay has breezed four times since undergoing surgery to remove a chip from his left knee in early March, including two four-furlong moves at Santa Anita in August.
"I worked him a couple easy half-miles and he came up a little body sore," trainer Ron Ellis said. "I've been gone for two weeks (in Kentucky at the Keeneland yearling sales) and decided to just back off on him. He's been jogging every day but I decided it was best to wait until I got back to (put him back in full training).
"Right now I have no plans for him. If everything had gone OK we were pointing to the Perryville, but now things are just on hold."
Declan's Moon, a gelded son of Malibu Moon
, hasn't raced since winning the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita on March 5. He earned the Eclipse Award as 2004's top 2-year-old after winning all four of his races, including the Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. II), Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) and Hollywood Futurity (gr. I). With his five career victories, the Maryland-bred has banked $627,300.
While Declan's Moon isn't likely to make an appearance in the fall events for 3-year-olds, stablemate Don't Get Mad is set to contest the $500,000 Indiana Derby (gr. II) at Hoosier Park on Oct. 1. The B. Wayne Hughes colorbearer finished fourth in the Aug. 27 Travers Stakes (gr. I) in his last start.
"He's doing really well," Ellis said of the bay son of Stephen Got Even
. "He came out of the Travers in really good shape. He's been in Kentucky with (brother-in-law and fellow trainer) Paul McGee; I watched him train when I was (in Kentucky) and he's doing great."
Don't Get Mad won the Derby Trial Stakes and the Northern Dancer Stakes (gr. III) in the spring and also finished second in the San Vicente Stakes (gr. II) and third in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II). He was also fourth as a 30-1 outsider in the May 1 Kentucky Derby (gr. I).
From 10 starts overall, Don't Get Mad has won four times with a second and a third for earnings of $483,620.