Declan's Moon Entered Sunday at Hollywood
Updated: Sunday, July 16, 2006 12:28 PM
Posted: Friday, July 14, 2006 8:02 PM
(from Hollywood Park notes)
Photo: Associated Press
Declan's Moon, who won his last start in the Santa Catalina, returns to action Sunday after a 16-month layoff.
Unbeaten champion Declan's Moon was entered in Hollywood Park's first race Sunday at 6 ½ furlongs by trainer Ron Ellis. It would be the 4-year-old gelding's first start in more than 16 months.
After wrapping up the 2004 Eclipse Award for 2-year-old males with a victory in the Hollywood Futurity (gr. I), Declan's Moon began his sophomore campaign by winning the Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita in March 2005. But an injury sent him to the sidelines and he endured several setbacks on the comeback trail.
Declan's Moon has spent most of the meet training at Santa Anita but was brought across town Sunday for a five-furlong bullet work in :59.
Carrying 119 pounds in his return, Declan's Moon starts from post 4 and has four tough rivals in the $100,000 optional allowance/claiming race: Yes He's a Pistol, Desert Boom, Seattle Buddy, and Areyoutalkintome. Regular rider Victor Espinoza retains the call.
Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel's Jay Em Ess Stable, Declan's Moon has won all five of his starts and earned $627,300.
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