11/10/2004 12:00AM

Singletary unlikely to run

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Declan's Moon (right), defeating Roman Ruler, has two races left to enhance his credentials for champion 2-year-old colt.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Now that the initial euphoria of winning the Breeders' Cup Mile has worn off, the wisdom of running Singletary back in the Grade 1, $400,000 Citation Handicap on Nov. 27 has been viewed through the prism of realism by trainer Don Chatlos. Realistically, he doesn't see it happening.

"It's unlikely," Chatlos said Wednesday morning at Hollywood Park. "He's just gone back to the track. He's just jogging right now. The Citation is a mile and sixteenth, and that extra sixteenth concerns me. I don't want to jeopardize next year by having something happen now."

Singletary has had a light campaign this year, including the summer off before prepping for the Breeders' Cup in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile. Singletary will remain in training next year at 5.

Rock Hard Ten to Mandella

Rock Hard Ten, the second-place finisher in the Preakness Stakes and winner of the Swaps Stakes, was transferred to trainer Richard Mandella earlier this week.

Neither Mandella, who was attending the sale at Keeneland, nor Jason Orman, who had trained Rock Hard Ten, returned calls seeking comment on Wednesday.

Declan's Moon works for Prevue

Declan's Moon will make a bid for the 2-year-old male championship with two scheduled starts this fall, in the Grade 3, $100,000 Hollywood Prevue on Nov. 20, and the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 18. In his penultimate prep for the Prevue, Declan's Moon worked seven furlongs in 1:27.60 on Wednesday. Of the 78 horses who worked at Hollywood on Wednesday, he was one of only three whose works were termed breezing by track clockers.

Ron Ellis, who trains Declan's Moon, originally was disappointed with the work because the time was slower than what he desired. But the main track, though rated fast, was quite dull Wednesday morning. For instance, only one five-furlong work was faster than one minute, and the average time was 1:02.50. Upon further evaluation, Ellis was satisfied.

"He went okay," Ellis said. "I was looking for him to go in 1:26, but the track was really slow. My rider said he worked fine. So if the track was five lengths slow, he went like I wanted."

Ellis said Declan's Moon would have one more work, at five furlongs, next Tuesday in preparation for the seven-furlong Prevue. He is unbeaten in two starts, including the Del Mar Futurity.

The Hollywood Futurity has taken on added significance with Declan's Moon, Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Wilko, and Champagne Stakes winner Proud Accolade all currently pointing for the race. A victory by any of those three could bring the winner an Eclipse Award.

The Futurity has a guaranteed purse of $250,000, but added fees through nomination, starting, and potential supplements should bring the purse to approximately $375,000 to $400,000, according to Martin Panza, Hollywood Park's racing secretary.

The Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies on Dec. 19 also should be worth far more than its $250,000 guarantee, according to Panza. He said the Starlet's purse will come to between $325,000 and $350,000 because of the added fees.

Hollywood tests for milkshakes

Hollywood Park has followed the lead of the Oak Tree Racing Association and is currently administering its own pre-race test for bicarbonates, the mixture that is referred to as a milkshake.

Hollywood Park's overnight sheet spells out the level at which a horse is considered to be in violation, and also stipulates penalties that would be meted out to the horse's trainer. Sanctions include special surveillance, and the denial of stalls for the track's meeting next spring.

"In addition," the notice reads, "Hollywood Park reserves the right to place surveillance cameras, with recording devices, in any location in the barn area that it deems appropriate."

Eual Wyatt Jr., Hollywood Park's general manager, said the rule is similar to what Oak Tree instituted during its recently concluded meeting at Santa Anita. Hollywood Park is paying for the testing. It is a house rule, not a California Horse Racing Board rule. Wyatt said that if there are any violations of the rule, the trainer will be told privately.

"It's not our intention to make any name public," Wyatt said.

The racing board has posted notice of a similar rule, but it has not yet been heard by the board, nor voted upon. If, however, that rule does pass, Hollywood Park would no longer do its own testing, because it would be redundant, Wyatt said.

The testing is "a great idea," trainer Gary Mandella said. "It's a long time coming. I think it's great. I hope the tracks get together and keep the continuity. You need to keep up the surveillance, too."

Continental Red nearing return

Although the work did not make the official tab, Continental Red worked five furlongs and galloped out another quarter-mile on Wednesday morning at Hollywood Park.

The 8-year-old Continental Red has not raced since the Gold Cup here in the summer.

"He had an unprecedented time off," said his trainer, Ian Jory. "He went to the farm and hung out for a while. He's an amazing horse. He had never been turned out. He's never been injected. He's so sound."

Jory said Continental Red is being pointed to the Sunshine Millions races in January. Possible preps for Continental Red include the San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita, and maybe even a comeback race before the Hollywood meet ends.

* Santa Anita Derby winner Castledale, who has not raced since the Kentucky Derby, breezed three furlongs in 37 seconds on Wednesday morning as he heads down the comeback trail.

* Lundy's Liability, who captured the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap during Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, worked five furlongs in 1:01.60. He will make his next start later this month in the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, trainer Bobby Frankel said.

* Also working Wednesday was Texcess, the California Cup Juvenile winner, who was timed in 50.20 seconds for a half-mile.