09/27/2006 12:00AM

Ellis looks to future for duo


Declan's Moon and Buzzards Bay, trainer Ron Ellis's two leading horses, will miss the Breeders' Cup, Ellis said on Tuesday.

Declan's Moon, the champion 2-year-old male of 2004, has resumed training after being given a break following a last-place finish in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 20.

A lung infection was diagnosed after the Pat O'Brien, and Declan's Moon recently underwent a precautionary nuclear scan. Ellis said the scan revealed no injuries.

Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel, Declan's Moon is scheduled to work at Hollywood Park on Friday. Ellis said he plans to have Declan's Moon ready for a return at the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting.

Buzzards Bay, the winner of the Oaklawn Handicap in April, is in the middle of a 45-day vacation at a local farm. Owned by Gary and Wendy Broad, Buzzards Bay had been suffering from an ankle injury diagnosed during Del Mar.

"I couldn't get him over it," Ellis said.

Ellis said he is pointing Buzzards Bay to a 2007 campaign, and Buzzards Bay will be kept at Hollywood Park, which recently installed a synthetic surface.

"I figure with the [synthetic surface] it will be great," Ellis said. "I'll just train from here."

Buzzards Bay was being considered for the Breeders' Cup Classic earlier this year.

Usual suspects in Lady's Secret

The $250,000 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting Sunday will have a very familiar look. For the fourth time this year, Healthy Addiction, Hollywood Story, and Star Parade will meet in a major stakes in Southern California.

"They're all familiar with each other," said trainer John Sadler, who trains Healthy Addiction. "I'd feel bad if they weren't in there with their friends."

In a division that has lacked a standout, it may be best to back a mare who is coming off a loss. None of the three has managed two consecutive wins this year.

Healthy Addiction has won three of her six starts this year, including her most recent race, the Grade 2 Clement Hirsch Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 6. Hollywood Story was fourth in that race, her first start since winning the Grade 1 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park in July.

Star Parade was third in the Clement Hirsch. She has lost her three starts since scoring a front-running win in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Handicap at Hollywood Park in May.

Sunday's Grade 2 Lady's Secret will determine whether those mares continue to the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

Earlier this year, Sadler said that Healthy Addiction was unlikely to try the Distaff. He has changed his opinion and is considering the Distaff instead of the Matriarch Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park in late November.

Last year, Healthy Addiction finished last of 13 in the Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park, which was run on a track that Sadler said Healthy Addiction did not handle.

"I think Churchill Downs will be a good track for her," he said. "It's around two turns. That one-turn 1 1/8 miles at Belmont Park didn't suit her."

Even though the California older mare circuit has lacked a clear leader, Sadler argues that the division has talent. He cited Healthy Addiction's victory over the accomplished Midwest shipper Happy Ticket in the Hirsch at Del Mar.

"They're good," he said. "Look at Happy Ticket - we beat her. Just because they may not look that sexy because they're in the same races doesn't mean they're not good horses."

The Eastern fillies and mares "aren't much better than ours, in my opinion," Sadler said.

Katdogawn retired at 6

Katdogawn, the winner of five stakes in the United States, has been retired, trainer Jamie Lloyd said earlier this week.

A winner of 7 of 37 starts and $827,553, Katdogawn finished second in the Marina Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in August in her final start. Owned by a partnership led by Jim Ford, Katdogawn is scheduled to be sold at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Lloyd said.

Lloyd said that Katdogawn is scheduled to be sent to Three Chimneys Farm in Kentucky next week.

Katdogawn had her best season in the U.S. as a 3-year-old in 2003, winning three stakes, including the San Clemente Handicap at Del Mar and the Dahlia Handicap at Hollywood Park. Her final stakes win came in the WinStar Distaff at Lone Star Park in May 2005.

"I think she's done enough," Lloyd said.

Tough spot for C'est Mark

Ces't Mark will make her stakes debut against open company in Saturday's $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, a race that trainer Jose Silva admits will be tough for her to win.

A California-bred, Ces't Mark has won 2 of 4 starts, including the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs in July. She finished fourth as the favorite in the Generous Portion Stakes earlier this month.

"I hope she runs better," Silva said. "She went too wide all the way."

The Oak Leaf Stakes over 1 1/16 miles will be Ces't Mark's first start around two turns.

"It's tough for her and everyone because it's the first time they've gone that far," Silva said.

Silva said he is not entertaining thoughts of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies for Ces't Mark - at least not yet.

"Let's run first," Silva said. "Then, we'll think about it."

As a consolation, Ces't Mark could start in the California Cup Juvenile Fillies against statebreds on Oct. 28.

The Oak Leaf Stakes is led by Point Ashley, the winner of the Del Mar Debutante earlier this month.