02/26/2005 1:00AM

Stars busy getting exercise

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Don't Get Mad, under Tyler Baze, breezes an easy half-mile Saturday in preparation for the San Felipe Stakes on March 19.

ARCADIA, Calif. - A number of outstanding 3-year-olds, including champions Declan's Moon and Sweet Catomine, worked in Southern California on Saturday morning in preparation for upcoming stakes races at Santa Anita.

Declan's Moon, last year's champion 2-year-old male, completed his preparation for this Saturday's Grade 2, $200,000 Santa Catalina Stakes by working seven furlongs in 1:25.60 at Hollywood Park with jockey Victor Espinoza. Declan's Moon worked with his Ron Ellis-trained stablemate, Power Boy, who alternates between high-priced claimers and allowance races.

Declan's Moon, who has not raced since capturing the Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 18, had been scheduled to work on Tuesday, but Ellis was forced to postpone the work because of the rainy weather of the past week. Ellis also adjusted the length of the work, since he initially wanted to work Declan's Moon last Tuesday, then bring him back for another work on Monday.

"I was going to work him a mile on Tuesday, then come back with a real easy half-mile," Ellis said. "I decided to work him in company to give him a little taste of competition, have him get more out of it. He works fine by himself, but since this was his last work, and he hasn't run for 2 1/2 months,

I thought working him in company would help get him ready."

Declan's Moon galloped out one mile in 1:38.40, according to Ellis, and galloped out five lengths in front of Power Boy. His seven-furlong workout time was the second-best of the morning to that of the Breeders' Cup Mile winner, Singletary, who was timed in 1:25.40.

Ellis also worked Don't Get Mad, who is awaiting the Grade 2, $250,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 19 following his second-place finish in the San Vicente Stakes. Don't Get Mad, with Tyler Baze up, breezed a half-mile in 49 seconds.

Here at Santa Anita, Sweet Catomine, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, worked five furlongs in 59.60 seconds under jockey Corey Nakatani in preparation for the Grade 1, $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks on March 13.

"She worked awesome, though," said her trainer, Julio Canani. "The filly's doing super. Just cruising like nothing."

Canani said Sweet Catomine galloped out six furlongs in 1:12.20, and seven furlongs in 1:26.20.

Also working were a pair of 3-year-old stakes winners trained by Patrick Biancone.

Spanish Chestnut, the winner of the San Rafael Stakes, worked seven furlongs in 1:26 in preparation for his match against Declan's Moon in the Santa Catalina.

Scipion, who won the Risen Star Stakes in his last start, worked six furlongs in 1:14.80 as he readies

for a return visit to the Fair Grounds for the Grade 2, $600,000 Louisiana Derby on March 12.

"Both worked very well," Biancone said. "Spanish Chestnut worked a little faster. We needed to get more out of him, because he is running next week. He goes very well. Scipion seems to have improved since his last race."

Biancone said Spanish Chestnut would have a short, sharp work days before the Santa Catalina.

"He's keen. We'll need to take the edge off him," Biancone said.