TRAINER: DECLAN'S MOON IS LACKING IN CONFIDENCE.Byline: KEVIN MODESTI Staff Writer
ARCADIA -- After the first stepping stone to the Santa Anita Handicap The Santa Anita Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race held annually in the late winter at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California. It is a Grade I race for horses three years old and up, and is considered the most important race for older horses in North America during , only one thing is clear about his season's $1 million race: Declan's Moon will not be a contender.
Dixie Meister and jockey David Flores Flores, town, Guatemala
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More decisive was what happened at the other end of the San Pasqual's field of seven older horses, where Declan's Moon finished last as the 5-2 favorite in a make-or-break race for the former 2-year-old champion.
Since the knee injury that stopped Declan's Moon's undefeated march to the 2005 Kentucky Derby and sidelined the gelding gelding
castrated male horse. for more than a year, he is winless in four starts, outrunning only four horses. The first three defeats came at sprint distances at Hollywood Park and Del Mar. He was supposed to relish Saturday's 11/16 miles at Santa Anita.
Trainer Ron Ellis thinks the injury stole Declan's Moon's confidence to ``lay his body down'' late in a race. The San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley
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``Confidence is a funny thing,'' said Ellis, who referred to an old Dodgers second baseman's famous trouble with it. ``Steve Sax could throw the ball to firstbase physically, but not mentally. It can be the same with horses.''
Ellis, who had hoped for a sharp performance to make Declan's Moon a Big 'Cap favorite, indicated he'll back off and put the horse in an easier race so he can win ``and get his confidence back.''
Both Dixie Meister ($8), a 5-year-old gelding who won the 2006 Californian, and Armenian Summer rallied from the back of the pack as all of the front-runners faded. Asked if Dixie Meister is aiming for the Big 'Cap, trainer Julio Canani said, ``I don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
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Earlier, Baroness Thatcher ($8.60) and Garrett Gomez won the $108,200 Santa Ysabel Stakes The Santa Ysabel Stakes is a race for Thoroughbred race horses run each year at Santa Anita Park. It is open to fillies, three years old, willing to race one and one-sixteenths of a mile on the dirt. The race is a Grade III event with a purse of $100,000. for 3-year-old fillies.
Two jockeys were removed in ambulances but apparently avoided serious injury when Winrwinrchickndinr broke down in the fifth race, throwing Agapito Delgadillo, and Sabalucious fell over them, dumping Ramon Guce.
Dixie Meister, right, and Armenian Summer battle down the stretch of the San Pasqual Handicap.