02/09/2007 12:00AM

A test for small pond's big fish


ARCADIA, Calif. - The gamble of shipping two New Mexico stakes winners to California for graded stakes was apparent to Clyde Veltmann long before he arrived at Santa Anita in late January.

Veltmann has brought Majestic Stream and Dancing Squall here and has big ambitions for the pair over the next month.

Majestic Stream will start in next Saturday's $150,000 San Carlos Handicap at seven furlongs as a prep to the $1omillion Santa Anita Handicap on March 3. Dancing Squall will start in the $100,000 Las Flores Handicap at six furlongs on Feb. 24.

"You can't sit around New Mexico and outrun that group and build a reputation in the racing world," Veltmann said.

Veltmann has six horses based at a training center in Tularosa, N.M., not far from Ruidoso Downs. He and his wife, Diantha, own all six, fulfilling a lifelong goal for Veltmann of training his own small stable.

Veltmann previously worked in the insurance business, after training horses when he was in his late teens and early 20's.

"I like to think I represent the everyday working guy," he said. "I'm not a sheikh and I'm not a corporate billionaire, but an everyday guy that can do it."

Majestic Stream is Veltmann's best horse. A winner of 4 of 12 starts and $127,296, Majestic Stream won the Ruidoso Mile Handicap and the Veteran Stakes at Zia Park last year, earning a 97 Beyer Speed Figure in the latter race. He was fifth in the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs last fall, and has not started since finishing eighth in the Zia Park Distance Championship on Dec. 10.

With few opportunities in New Mexico at this time of year, Veltmann felt the trip was worth a try.

Majestic Stream "deserves a shot," Veltmann said. "I think I can do it or I wouldn't have hauled out here. We've got to step out and try to make it against these horses. Maybe we can do some good."

Veltmann will know how good Majestic Stream is after the San Carlos. The race is expected to draw Latent Heat, the winner of the Gradeo1 Malibu Stakes on Dec. 26, and possibly Bordonaro, the winner of the Grade 1 Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Stakes last October.

Michael Baze will ride Majestic Stream, Veltmann said.

Majestic Stream is by 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus and was a maiden claimer when Veltmann bought him privately in Florida last spring. Majestic Stream was still a maiden when he won the Ruidoso Mile in his sixth career start in August.

"He's a stallion and I own 100 percent of him," Veltmann said.

Dancing Squall, by the Texas-based sire River Squall, is owned by Diantha Veltmann. A 4-year-old, Dancing Squall won the Zia Park Distaff last October.

"She can go a distance but she loves to sprint," Veltmann said.

Selvatica targets Las Flores

Selvatica, purchased for $560,000 at the Barretts January mixed sale last month, is now owned by Marsha Naify and has been transferred from Jeff Mullins to trainer Julio Canani.

Selvatica, 6, is being pointed for the Las Flores, Naify said. The mare was purchased by Narvick International, agent, and was the all-time sale topper for a Barretts January mixed sale.

Naify said she did not consider retiring Selvatica to be bred this year.

By Forestry, Selvatica has won 6 of 10 starts and $219,720. She was part of a dispersal of the Granja Vista Del Rio Stable at the January sale.

Selvatica won three overnight races for trainer Jeff Mullins in 2004 and 2005, but missed nearly a year of racing from the fall of 2005 to the fall of 2006. She won three stakes for Mullins last year - the Bangles and Beads at Fairplex Park in September, the restricted Pine Tree Lane at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet in October, and the restricted Manta on the Hollywood Park turf course in November.

In her most recent start, Selvatica finished 11th in the Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap on the hillside turf course here on Jan. 1.

Back to basics for Declan's Moon

Declan's Moon, the champion 2-year-old male of 2004, passed a battery of physical tests recently, and has resumed training after two disappointing losses in January.

Trainer Ron Ellis said Declan's Moon underwent a nuclear scan, and a respiratory test on a treadmill. The tests were conducted after Declan's Moon finished last in an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 20.

"Everything is 100 percent," Ellis said. "They went over him with a fine-tooth comb. It's back to the drawing board."

Ellis said he plans to treat Declan's Moon like a 2-year-old in future training, trying to teach the gelding the basics.

"I'll do a lot with him in company,"he said.

Ellis said the process could take until the spring.

"The big thing is getting him turned around," he said. "I'm looking at a couple of months."

Owned by Mace and Samantha Siegel, Declan's Moon won his first five starts, including the Del Mar Futurity and Hollywood Futurity in 2004.

Several options for Stormello

Stormello, the winner of the Gradeo1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec.o16, worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 on Friday, preparing for his 3-year-old debut in a race that has yet to be finalized.

Trainer Bill Currin said Stormello will be nominated for several major stakes, including the El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows, the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park, and the major 3-year-old stakes at Santa Anita.

"I could do an audible," Currin said. "The horse is in great shape and everything is looking great. I kind of have him in a cruising gear, looking at things. He's fit and ready to go in any direction."