Siren Lure, winning the Pat O'Brien Handicap, faces Declan's Moon in the Vernon O. Underwood.

Siren Lure, winning the Pat O'Brien Handicap, faces Declan's Moon in the Vernon O. Underwood.


Siren Lure Faces Champion Declan's Moon in Underwood

Edited Hollywood Park report
Siren Lure, a sprint specialist who has won five of seven 2006 starts, meets Eclipse Award winner Declan's Moon in Saturday's $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood at Hollywood Park as the 2004 champion 2-year-old returns to the races following a 3 ½-month layoff.

While Declan's Moon has only started three times since winning the 2004 Hollywood Futurity to clinch an Eclipse Award, Siren Lure has been a force, winning ten races the last two years and 12 of 21 lifetime.

Siren Lure, a 5-year-old gelding, had a three-race winning streak snapped while finishing eighth in the TVG Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) Nov. 4 at Churchill Downs.

He won the Los Angeles Handicap in May at the Underwood distance of six furlongs, then stretched the streak to three with victories in the grade I Triple Bend Handicap at Hollywood Park and the Pat O'Brien Handicap (gr. II) at Del Mar.

He has earned $769,909.

The 5-year-old gelding will carry high weight of 126 pounds and break from the outside post under jockey Alex Solis in the six-horse Underwood, which lines up as follows:

The field for the Vernon O. Underwood, in post position order:
1--Sailors Sunset, Jon Court, 118
2--Declan's Moon, Victor Espinoza, 122
3--Zanzibar, Garrett Gomez, 116
4--Premium Saltine, Tyler Baze, 118
5--Turnbolt, Corey Nakatani, 116
6--Siren Lure, Alex Solis, 126.

Declan's Moon, undefeated in four starts at two, was discovered to have a lung infection after finishing seventh in the Pat O'Brien. Trainer Ron Ellis is now satisfied he is on track and hopes the Underwood is a springboard to bigger things in 2007. He enters the Underwood with five wins and a second in seven starts for earnings of $638,300.