09/26/2005 12:00AM

Declan's Moon out


ARCADIA, Calif. - Declan's Moon, last year's champion 2-year-old male, has been taken out of training and will not race again until next year, according to his trainer, Ron Ellis.

Declan's Moon has not raced since winning the Santa Catalina Stakes on March 5. He emerged from the race with a small chip in his left knee. He had been training recently at Hollywood Park, but Ellis was not satisfied with his progress.

"He was taking time to warm up, like he was stiff, which is not like him," Ellis said. "He hadn't worked great, either. We did a nuclear scan on him, and the top of his left front cannon bone lit up. There's no fracture, his ligaments scanned clean, but there's something going on there."

Ellis said he consulted with Dr. C. Wayne McIlwraith, who did the surgery on Declan's Moon back in March.

"He said he can't tell if the injury is old or new," Ellis said. "What might have happened is that he hurt the cannon bone when he hurt his knee, but we didn't know it. With the cannon bone injury, you would need three or four months off. He only had two months off, because that's what you need after having the knee chip out. Maybe he hadn't healed all the way and he could still feel it."

Ellis said Declan's Moon will have shock-wave therapy and electromagnetic therapy. He will remain at Ellis's barn at Hollywood Park rather than being turned out.

Declan's Moon, a gelding, won all four of his starts last year, including the Hollywood Futurity, to secure the Eclipse Award. His Santa Catalina victory was his only start this year.

Baze regrouped and ready

After undergoing treatment for an eating disorder and enduring an 0-for-62 slump at Del Mar, Tyler Baze is ready for the start of Wednesday's Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

Baze took most of September off to regain strength and add weight to his 5-foot, 4-inch frame. At one point during the summer, he was around 100 pounds, according to his agent, Ivan Puhich. Monday, Baze said he weighed 108 pounds, with a target weight of 112.

Wednesday's opening day provides Baze with a chance for a fresh start.

"I'm happy to be back," he said.

Puhich said that he will book Baze, 22, on fewer mounts than normal in coming weeks until the jockey's weight rises.

"Some days, I'll ride four or five, but some days only two or three until he puts on a little weight," Puhich said. "It's a slow process."

This weekend, Baze will ride Southern Africa in Saturday's Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park. Sunday, he will be back at Santa Anita, where he will ride Leprechaun Kid in the Clement Hirsch Handicap and Quero Quero in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Baze guided Leprechaun Kid to a victory in the Del Mar Handicap in late August, his biggest win at Del Mar. Baze won the 2004 Clement Hirsch with Star Over the Bay, who, like Leprechaun Kid, is trained by Mike Mitchell.

"I can't wait to ride him," Baze said of Leprechaun Kid. "That horse is kind of special for me."

Part of Baze's recovery from the eating disorder is frequent advice and contact with Dr. Phil Goglia, a nutritionist from Santa Monica.

Puhich said that Baze is eating small meals "six or seven times a day. He got close to being diabetic," Puhich said. "He talks to the doctor. The doctor said that if he has inclinations to being bulimic, to talk to him. I want him to be healthy."

Amorama to get her turf work

Trainer Julio Canani was in his typical nervous state on Monday morning. While watching a horse work from a deserted grandstand, he noticed that the cones had been in the middle of the turf course, indicating that turf works would take place later in the morning.

Canani intended to work Grade 1 winner Amorama on turf on Tuesday, but had already had her out for exercise early Monday. He feared he had missed an opportunity on Tuesday.

"They didn't tell me Monday," he said. "Unbelievable. Nooo."

Everything turned out okay. A quick phone call to clockers indicated Tuesday workouts would include grass workouts. There were no grass works on Monday.

Amorama is Canani's best chance to win a major race at the Oak Tree meeting. Owned by Woodside Farm and Marsha Naify, Amorama starts in Saturday's $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf, a key prep to the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.

Canani says he is not worried about that race yet, but is hoping that Amorama can win for the first time at 10 furlongs in the Yellow Ribbon, which has a downhill start. She was fifth in the American Oaks and Yellow Ribbon in starts at the distance in 2004.

In July, Amorama won the Grade 1 John Mabee Handicap at Del Mar, but was only second in the Grade 2 Palomar Handicap on Sept. 3.

Half-dozen Breeders' Cup preps

There are six Breeders' Cup prep races at Santa Anita this weekend, including two Grade 1 stakes: the Yellow Ribbon and the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship. The Hirsch is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf. Aside from Leprechaun Kid, the candidates include Continental Red, Exterior, Fourty Niners Son, Laura's Lucky Boy, Runaway Dancer, and Whilly.

The Yellow Ribbon is one of two $500,000 races on Saturday's program, joined by the Grade 2 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap. In the Goodwood, Santa Anita Handicap winner Rock Hard Ten will face a small field that includes Choctaw Nation, Gotaghostofachance, and Total Impact.

Truly a Judge, the winner of the San Gabriel Handicap in January, will miss the race. He was scheduled to undergo precautionary scans on Tuesday, trainer David Bernstein said.

Bluesthestandard in for $40,000

Bluesthestandard, the runner-up in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint, starts in a $40,000 claimer on Wednesday, his first appearance since being pulled up in a $50,000 claimer at Del Mar on Aug. 14.

Bluesthestandard, 8, was claimed that day by Debi and Edward Brown Jr. and trainer Bill Spawr, who says the 16-time winner is ready for another start.

"I feel good about it," Spawr said of Wednesday's 1 1/16-mile race. "I think the distance will be easier on him."

A winner of $985,658, Bluesthestandard would become a millionaire with a win on Wednesday.

Ellis making Indiana trip

Ron Ellis's other top 3-year-old, Don't Get Mad, has been training at Churchill Downs with Ellis's brother-in-law, Paul McGee, since last month's Travers Stakes. Don't Get Mad will make his next start in the Grade 2, $500,000 Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park on Saturday.

"I'm going to go," Ellis said. "Paul's going to be in New York that day with Suave for the Jockey Club Gold Cup."

Ellis said that Buzzards Bay, the Santa Anita Derby winner who was acquired by his clients Gary and Wendy Broad this summer when Fog City Stable sold him, is being pointed to the Grade 3, $250,000 Discovery Handicap at Belmont Park on the Breeders' Cup undercard Oct. 29.

O'Neill sending a pair to New York

Trainer Doug O'Neill is sending Lava Man and Bro Lo to Belmont Park for upcoming stakes. Lava Man, who won the Hollywood Gold Cup and was third in the Pacific Classic, is running in the Grade 1, $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday. Bro Lo, unbeaten in two starts, will compete Oct. 8 in the Grade 1, $500,000 Champagne Stakes for 2-year-olds.

Lava Man had to be removed by van from the track following the Pacific Classic because of heat exhaustion, but O'Neill said that "he seems like he's back where he was before the Pacific Classic."

Bro Lo is not nominated to the Breeders' Cup. He is being kept apart from O'Neill's other top 2-year-olds, Stevie Wonderboy and Jealous Profit, who are scheduled to run in the Grade 2, $200,000 Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting on Oct. 2.

"I love the one-turn mile for Bro Lo," O'Neill said.

Stevie Wonderboy was first, and Jealous Profit third, in the Del Mar Futurity.

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen