Updated on 09/17/2011 6:35PM

Like last year, question is: Who's in?

Declan's Moon (right) edges Roman Ruler in the Del Mar Futurity. His plans are undecided.

Most of the talk leading up to last year's $1.5 Breeders' Cup Juvenile was about the horses who weren't participating in the race. Graded stakes winners Birdstone, Eurosilver, and Ruler's Court all skipped the Juvenile for reasons not related to injury. A fourth graded winner, Silver Wagon, missed the race due to shin problems.

Already this year, Greater Good, winner of Saturday's Kentucky Cup Juvenile, and Chandtrue, undefeated winner of the Hollywood Juvenile Championship, have targeted goals other than the Breeders' Cup. Meanwhile, the connections of Declan's Moon, the Del Mar Futurity winner, and Afleet Alex, the unbeaten leader of the East Coast's juvenile division, are weighing their options.

Declan's Moon has recently resumed training after a week off following his hard-fought victory over Roman Ruler in the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 8. Declan's Moon is not nominated to the Breeders' Cup, but trainer Ron Ellis said the $135,000 supplemental fee would not be the reason he and owners Samantha and Mace Siegel would skip the race.

"He's coming off an extremely fast race," Ellis said, referring to the 1:21.29 time for the seven furlongs of the Futurity. "Whether you use the Beyer [Speed Figures], the sheets, or the toteboard, 2-year-olds this time of year are not supposed be running that kind of time."

Ellis said that if he and the Siegels decide to run in the Juvenile, Declan's Moon would not have a prep before then. Ellis is confident he could get Declan's Moon to the Juvenile off of workouts.

"All along I thought he was a two-turn horse," Ellis said. "When he won going five furlongs that kind of shocked me."

Meanwhile, Afleet Alex is being pointed to the Grade 1 Champagne at Belmont Park on Oct. 9. Afleet Alex is 4 for 4 with stakes victories in the Sanford and Hopeful. Trainer Tim Ritchey said that he and owner Chuck Zacney would not make a decision on the Breeders' Cup until after the Champagne.

"We want to see what happens with the Champagne first," Ritchey said. "The Breeders' Cup is three weeks after that, so there's plenty of time. The factors that would go into the decision are number one, how he runs; number two, how he comes out of the race. I'm a firm believer you can't get too far ahead of yourself."

On Wednesday, at Delaware Park, Afleet Alex worked one mile in 1:37.66. Afleet Alex worked just prior to the first race in company with stablemate My Buddy Frank. Under rider Jeremy Rose, Afleet Alex started about five lengths behind My Buddy Frank, and tracked him for six furlongs before blowing past him at the quarter pole. Delaware clockers caught Afleet Alex's final quarter in 22.71 seconds.

"The jock told me he had a lot of horse underneath him, that's a good sign," Ritchey said.

The Champagne, a one-turn, 1 1/16-mile race, is shaping up to be very competitive. Proud Accolade, 2 for 2, and Park Avenue Ball, winner of the Grade 2 Futurity, are confirmed starters.

Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Proud Accolade, will point Hopeful third-place finisher Flamenco Road to the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 9. Scipion, the third-place finisher in the Cradle is also targeting that race.

Roman Ruler, who won the Best Pal by seven lengths, worked seven furlongs in 1:25.80 on Wednesday at Santa Anita in preparation for the Norfolk on Oct. 3.

Juvenile contenders
2-year-old colts & geldings, 1 1/16 miles. Purse: $1.5 million.

1Roman RulerB. Baffert5-2
Necked in Dmr Futurity at 1-9, but the battle experience will help him
2Declan's MoonR. Ellis4-1
Must be supplemented for 9%; that puts his participation in question
3Afleet AlexT. Ritchey8-1
His Hopeful win seemed to raise more questions than it answered
4Bellamy RoadM. Dickinson12-1
The first two-turn stakes winner on this list, and is in excellent hands
5Proud AccoladeT. Pletcher6-1
Romped in his first two; stakes next, and that will tell the story
6FlamencoT. Pletcher12-1
Showed at Saratoga that he has a lot of 'try' in him; a 9% supplement
7Park Avenue BallJ. Ryerson15-1
Clearly best in the Futurity, but against the clock, that race was soft
8Three Hour NapH. Robertson20-1
Gutsy win in Arlington-Washington Futurity made him three for three
9Diamond IsleK. McPeek30-1
Chased Bellamy Road home in the Cradle; must really raise his game
10ScipionP. Biancone20-1
I believe he is terribly overrated, but he does have a license to improve

- Odds and commentary by Mike Watchmaker.