01/16/2007 12:00AM

Declan's Moon to pay a surprise visit


ALBANY, Calif. - Golden Gate Fields has no stakes races scheduled this week, but the track will showcase an Eclipse Award winner. Declan's Moon, who won all four starts in earning an Eclipse as a 2-year-old in 2004, runs Saturday in a one-mile allowance race.

Declan's Moon has gone 0-for-4 since winning the Grade 2 Santa Catalina in March of 2005. He was sidelined for more than a year after that race.

Speaking of the reason that trainer Ron Ellis is sending Declan's Moon north from Southern California, racing secretary Sean Greely said: "He was looking for a race to get his horse's confidence back up. It's not like it took a lot of convincing."

Hollendorfer has two for Oaks

Glorification and Black Pulpit, the winner and fourth-place finisher from Saturday's six-furlong Tiburon, are likely to run in the 1 1/16-mile California Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on Feb. 10. Jerry Hollendorfer trains both runners.

Glorification set the pace and was never seriously challenged. The victory was her second straight after she ran second in her debut.

"I'm going to say she can stretch out," Hollendorfer said of Glorification. "I think Black Pulpit is a definite prospect to go long."

Glorification will be the one to catch. A daughter of Wood Memorial winner Buddha, she is out of Victory Chime, a Grade 3 winner who was stakes-placed five times. All of her dam's victories came on the turf, which may open another avenue for her, but all three of her siblings were better sprinting.

Hollendorfer's biggest concern with Glorification is having to "watch her closely and make sure she eats plenty."

Black Pulpit is by Pulpit, winner of the Fountain of Youth and Blue Grass, and is the first foal of Catchy, a daughter of Storm Cat who lost her only start.

Quite a Rush finished third at odds-on in the Tiburon. She went into the race having popped a quarter on her right front foot in a December workout, and she exacerbated the injury during the race.

"It was not the kind of injury where she'd hurt herself by running," trainer Greg Gilchrist said. "We knew we were up against it, but we wanted to get another race in her, and got a race in her."

Quite a Rush's foot was tender Sunday, but, Gilchrist said, "As each day goes by, it gets better."

He plans to do nothing with her for a week, then will put on a bar shoe.

Quite a Rush probably won't run in the California Oaks, Gilchrist said.

"She's only an early 3-year-old," he said. "She's got her career in front of her. We don't have to rush her."

Herpes scare over, Mason wins two

Lloyd Mason's barn was quarantined late last month after five of his horses tested positive for herpes, and he finally was allowed to run Friday after the quarantine was lifted Tuesday. He won with Crowning Moossa on Friday and Happy Zone on Sunday.

Mason's runners had to train separately from the other horses at Golden Gate and were not allowed to run.

"I had demons keeping me awake nights," Mason said of the ordeal.

Only one of his horses, Royal Brass, actually got sick, but four others, including his stakes-winning 3-year-old Super Image, tested positive.

Track veterinarian Dr. Diane Isbell said Mason deserved credit for helping quell the outbreak.

"His is a well-managed barn, but he did everything suggested for bio-safety," Dr. Isbell said.

3-year-olds get their chance

Several of Thursday's races are for 3-year-olds, including a $40,000 starter allowance at one mile that attracted recent maiden winners Summer Wages, Brave Sun, Knockout Artist, and Call Me Bold.

Gary John, third in last summer's Cavonnier at Santa Rosa, tries to return to his winning ways in a six-furlong $25,000 claimer.

Woodland Breeze, who showed sharp improvement when second as the favorite in his second start, meets Southern California invader Luberon and locally based Power Blend and Holy Coyote in a five-furlong maiden race.

* Trainer Troy Bainum was fined $6,500 by Golden Gate stewards based on a pair of medication rulings from 2005. Salty M.D., fifth in a June 24, 2005, race at Stockton, and Easy Pickins, a winner at Pleasanton on July 9, 2005, both tested in excess of the permitted level for albuterol, a breathing aid with some stimulant properties that humans use to treat asthma. Both runners lost their placing and money earned.

* Jockey Kyle Kaenel was suspended three days by the stewards, Sunday, Jan. 21, and the following Thursday and Friday, for causing interference aboard Gentle Charmer in Saturday's first race. Gentle Charmer, who finished second, drifted out, bumping winner Make a Pass through the stretch.