Declan's Moon, defeating Roman Ruler in the Del Mar Futurity.

Declan's Moon, defeating Roman Ruler in the Del Mar Futurity.


Declan's Moon to Skip Breeders' Cup, Prepare for Classics

Jay Em Ess Stable's Del Mar Futurity (gr. II) winner Declan's Moon will skip the Oct. 30 Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Lone Star Park, trainer Ron Ellis said, and will instead be prepared for next year's Triple Crown trail.

The gelded son of Malibu Moon  has been in light training since earning his initial stakes victory by a neck over Roman Ruler in the Futurity on Sept. 8.

"We've decided to skip the Breeders' Cup," Ellis said. "Mainly because he ran so big and had such a hard race last time, (skipping the Breeders' Cup) seems to make the most sense. If he he'd won the Futurity by five (lengths) and not had such a hard race, we might have considered the Breeders' Cup. Without Roman Ruler in there he might have won like that, but he didn't and it took something out of him."

According to Ellis, Declan's Moon will most likely start next in the Nov. 20 Hollywood Prevue Stakes (gr. III) at seven furlongs at Hollywood Park, followed by the 1 1/16-mile Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) on Dec. 20.

"We'll get him ready for those races and then give him another long break until the big 3-year-old stakes start up in February," Ellis explained.

Declan's Moon is undefeated in two career starts, having also earned a victory in his very first race, and has earned $179,400.