01/20/2007 12:00AM

Declan's Moon fails to fire again


Onetime Eclipse Award winner Declan's Moon turned in another puzzling performance, running last in an allowance race Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.

The 2004 Eclipse 2-year-old champion male, Declan's Moon won his first start as a 3-year-old but then went to the sidelines for 16 months after having a chip surgically removed from his knee.

He lost his comeback race by a nose and is now winless in five starts since his return. He was last in the Grade 2 San Pasqual at Santa Anita on Jan. 6. Trainer Ron Ellis sent him north in hopes of getting a confidence-building victory. He hoped the quick turnaround and addition of blinkers might help.

Declan's Moon, sent off at 4-5, sat nicely behind pacesetting Dr. Einstein, who won the race, and seemed poised to make a winning move into the lane but flattened out and was beaten seven lengths in the five-horse field.

"This horse was just loping along around there," jockey Jose Valdivia Jr. said. "He felt great under me, and I was thinking if the real Declan's Moon shows up, these people are going to see a show, because he'll win by 10."

Ellis said, "He told me the same thing Victor [Espinoza] said last time. It just appears he doesn't want to put out. He's not interested in fighting at all."

Dr. Einstein ($6) held off My Creed to win the mile race by a nose, finishing in 1:37.20

* Multiple stakes winner Vicarino came back "ouchy" from a Saturday morning gallop at Golden Gate Fields, and trainer Greg Gilchrist said the 3-year-old colt was scheduled for X-rays. Vicarino won the Stinson Beach on Jan. 1 in his last start.