04/11/2006 12:00AM

Brother Derek still fresh as a daisy


ARCADIA, Calif. - Brother Derek came out of the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday in such good shape that he earned only two days' rest.

The race "didn't take much out of him," trainer Dan Hendricks said Tuesday. "I only gave him two days off; I usually give him three."

Brother Derek tack-walked Tuesday and will return to the track midweek, further indication of his condition. Hendricks typically gives horses a week before they return to the track.

The tentative schedule for Brother Derek includes two workouts at Santa Anita before he ships April 25 to Kentucky. Hendricks said he would have one "light breeze" at Churchill Downs.

Meanwhile, the horse responsible for Brother Derek ending up with Hendricks and owner Cecil Peacock - his 5-year-old full brother Don'tsellmeshort - is nearing a return. In 2004, Don'tsellmeshort won three Cal-bred stakes and was the reason Hendricks looked closely at Brother Derek at the Barretts March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Don'tsellmeshort has not raced since January 2005.

"He had a fracture that took longer to heal than usual," Hendricks said.

Don'tsellmeshort has won 4 of 18 races and $402,365, and Hendricks said he is "just about ready to come back in."

Buzzards Bay will race sparingly

A romping 6 1/2-length win last Saturday in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap established Buzzards Bay as one of the country's top older horses, a reputation he will hold until at least early summer. The win by Buzzards Bay was his first start in 51 days; trainer Ron Ellis and owner Gary Broad will stick to a similar schedule.

"We'll be real conservative with him," Ellis said. "My plan is to space his races six to seven weeks apart."

Buzzards Bay is unlikely to run May 19 in the Grade 1 Pimlico Special, but could aim for the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 17 at Churchill Downs, Ellis said. Buzzards Bay was not nominated to the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Ellis said "it makes no sense to point for that race."

Declan's Moon will start training soon

Declan's Moon, the undefeated 2-year-old champion of 2004, is less than two weeks from an initial comeback breeze for Ellis. Declan's Moon has been galloping 1 1/2 miles daily on the Hollywood Park training track, and Ellis planned to move his gallops to the Hollywood main track Wednesday. Declan's Moon chipped a knee winning the Grade 2 Santa Catalina Stakes in March 2005, and underwent arthroscopic surgery that knocked him off the Derby trail.

When Declan's Moon returned to serious training in August, the gelding's slow works suggested something was amiss. After a half-mile workout in 52 seconds on Aug. 31, Declan's Moon underwent a nuclear scan that revealed an injury to the top of his left cannon bone. The injury required only time, and Ellis said Tuesday: "He appears to be an even better horse now. He's going to have his chance."

Declan's Moon is 5 for 5 with earnings of $627,300.

Hess gets Bluesthestandard

Bluesthestandard has another new home. Two weeks after he was claimed for $12,500 by owner Steven Sobel and trainer Mark Glatt, the 9-year-old gelding has been transferred to trainer Bob Hess Jr. He will be the eighth trainer for Bluesthestandard, who rose from the $10,000 claiming ranks in 2002 to win graded sprint stakes and finish second in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint for trainer Ted. H. West. Hess recognizes the 19-for-47 veteran has a following.

"You're under the microscope, and the horse deserves that kind of scrutiny," Hess said.

Bluesthestandard won 3 of his last 4 starts for trainer Bill Spawr before he was claimed March 30. Apprentice Juan Ochoa guided Bluesthestandard to victory in his last two races.

Star Parade disliked Oaklawn track

Star Parade did not care for the Oaklawn Park surface last Saturday when she finished fifth in Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap, according to trainer Darrell Vienna.

"She is sensitive to track conditions, and the track was different this year," Vienna said. "For some reason they weren't watering it."

Star Parade, who ran well in two previous starts at Oaklawn, finished fifth Saturday as the 9-5 second choice. Vienna said Star Parade, 7, would run next at Hollywood Park. The filly and mare stakes schedule includes the Grade 2 Milady Handicap on June 3 and the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap on July 2.

The Vienna-trained Magnum, second in the Santa Anita Handicap, fared better than his stablemate on Saturday. Magnum finished second in the Grade 2 Oaklawn Handicap, 6 1/2 lengths behind Buzzards Bay. Star Parade and Magnum have returned to Vienna's stable at Santa Anita. The trainer said Magnum's long-term goal is the Pacific Classic.