01/06/2005 12:00AM

Plans made for Declan's Moon

Ticker Tape, here winning the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, is the subject of a $2.1 million deal.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Declan's Moon and Wilko, two of the three finalists for the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding 2-year-old male of 2004, are being pointed for the $200,000 Santa Catalina Stakes on March 5, their respective trainers said.

The Grade 2 Santa Catalina, run over 1 1/16 miles, is a key prep to the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby on April 9.

Declan's Moon, unbeaten in four starts including three stakes, is currently jogging at Hollywood Park, trainer Ron Ellis said.

"We're jogging in and out of the rain," Ellis said, referring to the recent wet weather in Southern California. "Otherwise, he's been walking. We'll jog until the weather clears and then start galloping."

Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel, Declan's Moon is likely to start twice at this Santa Anita meeting, with his second start scheduled for the Santa Anita Derby, Ellis said.

Ellis said Declan's Moon had a week off following his impressive victory in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 18, where he finished a length in front of Wilko, who was a nose behind the longshot Giacomo.

Wilko, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in an upset at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, will begin jogging next week, trainer Craig Dollase said.

Dollase said Wilko is recovering from a quarter crack that was discovered a day before the Hollywood Futurity.

"It's still patched, but it's grown out and looks better," he said.

Dollase said that Wilko could make his 2005 debut in the $250,000 San Felipe Stakes over 1 1/16 miles on March 19, another important prep to the Santa Anita Derby.

Deal in works for Ticker Tape

Ticker Tape, a finalist for the Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding turf female of 2004, is in the process of being sold, according to co-owner Jim Ford.

Ford said that an agreement has been reached for Ticker Tape to be sold to NeverTell Farm in Versailles, Ky. The filly is currently trained by Jim Cassidy but is expected to be sent to Kiaran McLaughlin, who races on the East Coast.

Ford said the cost of the sale was "in excess of $2.1 million" but had not been finalized. "She's been unofficially sold," he said Thursday. "If I get the money wired to me today, she's gone tomorrow."

Ticker Tape won 5 of 10 starts and $1,159,075 in 2004, a campaign highlighted by victories in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park and Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. She also won the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington and two stakes at Santa Anita - the China Doll and Providencia Stakes.

Owned by Deron Pearson and Jack Sweesy, Ticker Tape finished third against older fillies and mares in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes on turf at Hollywood Park on Nov. 28.

Ford said that five horses he had in training with Cassidy have been transferred to other trainers - four to Wally Dollase and one to Jerry Hollendorfer. The four who went to Dollase are 3-year-olds purchased last fall at a horses in training sale in England.

Tizakitty wires in stakes victory

Tizakitty won her first stakes in Wednesday's $81,450 Kalookan Queen Handicap, taking advantage of a lineup depleted by an off track.

With the withdrawal of House of Fortune and the speedy Barbara Orr, Tizakitty led throughout to win by a length over Mazella. Ridden by Garrett Gomez, Tizakitty finished 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.26 over a wet-fast track.

Owned by Joan Rogers, Tizakitty may have extended her racing career with the victory. Trainer Bob Hess said she will be considered for the $250,000 Santa Monica Handicap over seven furlongs on Jan. 30. There is a chance that Tizakitty could be bred this winter.

Hess said he considered the Grade 1 La Brea Stakes for 3-year-old fillies for Tizakitty on Dec. 27 but opted for an easier spot on Wednesday.

"We thought we had a better chance to win today than run third in the La Brea," he said. "I think we did the right thing."

Tizakitty has been with Hess since last spring. Jay Robbins, her previous trainer, saddled Mazella. The disappointment in the field of six fillies and mares was Dream of Summer, the 2-5 favorite, who lost for the first time in five starts.

Dream of Summer broke slowly, did not reach her customary position at the front, and rallied from fifth to finish third, missing by 1 1/2 lengths. Her trainer, Juan Garcia, said she will be pointed for the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff on Jan. 29.

Mandella duo puts in bullet workout

There were 416 workouts at Hollywood Park and Santa Anita on Thursday, with horsemen taking advantage of a dry morning.

At Santa Anita, trainer Richard Mandella worked Action This Day, the 2003 champion 2-year-old male, over six furlongs in 1:12.40 in company with stablemate Minister Eric. The times were the fastest of 17 recorded works at the distance.

Mandella said Action This Day and Minister Eric are being pointed for the $200,000 San Fernando Breeders' Cup Stakes for 4-year-olds over 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 15.

The race is also a possibility for Rock Hard Ten, who won the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes over seven furlongs on Dec. 26.

Trainer Jeff Mullins worked Choctaw Nation, the winner of the San Diego Handicap last summer at Del Mar. Unraced since finishing fourth in the $1 million Pacific Classic last August, Choctaw Nation worked three furlongs on the training track in 38.20 seconds.

At Hollywood Park, Fusaichi Samurai, the highly impressive winner of a maiden race for 2-year-olds on Dec. 11, worked a half-mile in 47.80 seconds. Singletary, winner of the Breeders' Cup Mile in October, worked three furlongs in 36.80 seconds.

Gusinow honored with a race

Thursday's fourth race was named in honor of Mitchell Gusinow, who died on Monday. Gusinow was 63.

Better known as Mickey, Gusinow owned a share in two of the starters in the fourth race - Meeting by Design and Watchmedothis, who raced as an entry. Watchmedothis finished second, with Meeting by Design seventh.

Gusinow was in the meat-packing business. He was also a breeder who owned the stallion Doc Gus, who stands at Warren Thoroughbreds in California.

Services were held on Wednesday.

Gusinow is survived by his wife, Carol, and twin sons Kevin and Darren.