Hollywood Futurity (gr. I)

(gr. I , 8.5f ,)

DECLAN'S MOON (DK B/ g, 121 lb) $267,900
Malibu Moon —Vee Vee Star , by Norquestor
B—Brice Ridgely, MD.; O—Jay Em Ess Stable; T—Ronald W. Ellis

Giacomo (GR/RO h, 121 lb) $89,300
Holy Bull —Set Them Free , by Stop the Music
B—Mr. & Mrs. Jerome S. Moss, KY.; O—Moss, Mr. and Mrs. Jerome S.; T—John A. Shirreffs

Wilko (CH h, 121 lb) $53,580
Awesome Again —Native Roots (IRE) , by Indian Ridge (IRE)
B—Ro Parra, KY.; O—Reddam, J. Paul and Roy, Susan; T—Craig Dollase

Margins: 1, nose, 2. Others: Southern Africa 121($26,790) , Proud Accolade 121($8,930) , Lucky Bid 121 , Bushwacker 121 . Winning Jockey, Victor Espinoza.

Two-year-old honors could be in store for Declan’s Moon, who eclipsed grade I winners Wilko and Proud Accolade in the Dec. 18 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park. Trained by Ron Ellis for Jay Em Ess Stable, Declan’s Moon’s one length score continued his undefeated season, which includes wins in the Sept. 8 Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) and Nov. 20 Hollywood Prevue (gr. III). The gelded son of Malibu Moon covered the 11/16 mile distance in 1:41.63.

Maryland breeders Brice Ridgely and his wife Mary Anne bred Declan’s Moon out of the Norquestor mare Vee Vee Star, who they purchased privately as a yearling along with her dam Fabulous Vee in 1997. The Ridgelys own Spring Meadow Farm near Cooksville, Md. Mary Anne Ridgely named Declan’s Moon after their 4-year-old grandson Declan, a name of Irish origin.

“Anyone can say what they want to about this horse, but this horse is awesome,” said Brice Ridgely, who held a race day party in honor of the horse. “He’s a Maryland-bred, and down the road I think there’s going to be a lot of talk about him. I hope Maryland gets behind him like New York got behind Funny Cide and Pennsylvania got behind Smarty Jones. We need this for Maryland.”

Declan’s Moon is Vee Vee Star’s second foal. The Ridgelys’ friend, Bill Reightler, a director of Fasig-Tipton Midlantic, consigned Declan’s Moon to the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale. Jay Em Ess, owned by Mace Siegel and his daughter, Samantha, bought Declan’s Moon for $125,000.

“The horse exuded class as a yearling when we sold him and he did it again (Saturday),” Reightler said. “He’s a calm-acting horse that has a lot of presence about him. I think he’s going to be tough to beat as a 3-year-old.”

Reightler, agent, on behalf of Spring Meadow Farm, consigned Vee Vee Star’s yearling colt by Unbridled Jet to the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall sale. Tradewinds Stable purchased him for $70,000.

Vee Vee Star is at Spring Meadow Farm with her weanling colt by Partner’s Hero. She is booked back to Malibu Moon for 2005. Fabulous Vee is booked to Jump Start.

Malibu Moon is the sire of three other stakes winners, including additional 2004 added-money winners Perfect Moon and Golden Malibu. Malibu Moon stands at Dr. Tony Ryan’s Castleton Lyons Farm near Lexington. His 2005 fee is $17,500.—A.W.