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Decarchy goes to new barn
ARCADIA, Calif. - Decarchy, the winner of the Grade 2 Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in 2002, has been bought by Dennis Narlinger and Rich and Gaby Sulpizio as a stallion prospect, and will be pre-entered for the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.
Decarchy finished fourth in the Grade 2 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park on Oct. 4. He was second in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar in late July.
A winner of 6 of 18 starts and $703,682, Decarchy has won two stakes in the United States. He began his career in England. The Kelso was his final start for Juddmonte Farms and trainer Bobby Frankel. Decarchy arrived at trainer Doug O'Neill's stable at Hollywood Park on Saturday.
Decarchy will be pointed for the BC Mile, O'Neill said, if he is granted a berth in a field that is expected to be oversubscribed. As of Monday, there were 18 horses being pointed for the BC Mile, which has a limit of 14 starters.
If Decarchy is excluded from the BC Mile, he could run in the $75,000 Lure Stakes over a mile on turf at Santa Anita on Oct. 26, O'Neill said.
"He just tack-walked today," O'Neill said on Sunday. "He'll jog the next couple of days and have a breeze before the race. He looks fantastic. Even if he never runs again, they have a stallion, but we hope that he can run."
Decarchy will stand at the Sulpizio's Magali Farm in Santa Ynez, Calif., in 2004 and will shuttle to the Southern Hemisphere later in the year, according to bloodstock agent Bruno de Berdt, who was involved in the sale. A half-brother to Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, Decarchy will stand for $5,000.
Three Mandella BC hopefuls work
Dessert, Halfbridled, and Johar, three of trainer Richard Mandella's hopes for Breeders' Cup Day, worked on Sunday.
Mandella was pleased with the work of Halfbridled, who will be the favorite in the Juvenile Fillies, and with Dessert, a candidate for the Filly and Mare Turf. He was not as pleased by his Turf hopeful, Johar, who worked with Dessert.
Halfbridled worked in company with Crazy Ensign, a stakes winner during the Del Mar meeting who finished third in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes on Sept. 28.
Halfbridled was timed in 59.40 seconds, and was ridden by Julie Krone. Halfbridled is undefeated in three starts, including the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 28.
One of the objectives of Halfbridled's workout was for her to be rated behind a rival.
"I took her back in her work," Mandella said. "She's always been able to do it."
Meanwhile, Johar and Dessert were both timed in 1:40.80 over a mile on turf, racing around cones set at least 35 feet off the inside rail.
"The cones are so far out," Mandella said. "Johar didn't work as well as I though he would. He's not likely to give his best every time. I wish he'd worked better.
"Dessert was pretty good," he said. "She heard him coming and kept going."
Toccet's owner wants Cup shot
After Toccet finished last of eight in the Grade 2 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap on Oct. 4, trainer John Scanlan said the 3-year-old would be shipped back to his home base on the East Coast.
But Toccet never left California, and is now a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Turf. On Sunday, Toccet worked a half-mile on turf in 52.80 seconds.
Scanlan said Toccet might also be pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup Classic, but added the Turf is a more likely option.
"I think any Breeders' Cup race will be tough," Scanlan said.
Owned by Daniel Borislow, Toccet has yet to win a graded stakes this year, but had an outstanding 2-year-old year, winning four graded stakes.
"It's Mr. Borislow's ball and he'll play with it the way he chooses," Scanlan said of the decision to start in the Breeders' Cup.
Toccet never reached the front in the Goodwood. He was second on the backstretch but faded in the final half-mile.
"He doesn't want to be rated," Scanlan said. "If you try to rate him, he gets mad."
Storming Home gets Turf work
Storming Home, one of the top contenders for the BC Turf, worked six furlongs in 1:16.20 on Sunday.
Trained by Neil Drysdale, Storming Home won the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship on Sept. 28, his third major stakes win of the year. Storming Home finished first in the Arlington Million on Sept. 16, but was disqualified and placed fourth for causing interference in the stretch.
Sunday, Storming Home worked behind a stablemate, took the lead in the final 50 yards, and pulled away quickly.
"He picked it up on his own," Drysdale said.
Drysdale will have two starters in the Mile - Sarafan, who was second in the Oak Tree Mile on Oct. 5, and Touch of the Blues, who was third in the Shadwell Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 4. They worked a half-mile as a team on Sunday, Sarafan going in 52.20 and Touch of the Blues in 52.80. Touch of the Blues was in front throughout the workout.
Bluesthestandard fires bullet
In other Sunday works, BC Sprint hopeful Bluesthestandard breezed three furlongs in 33.20 seconds, the fastest of 25 recorded works at the distance. Race for Glory, trainer D. Wayne Lukas's hope in the Juvenile, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60. Senor Swinger, an outsider for the Mile, worked six furlongs on dirt in 1:11, the fastest of eight recorded works at the distance.
At Hollywood Park, Ten Most Wanted, the winner of the Travers Stakes, worked six furlongs in 1:26. He is a top contender for the $4 million Classic.
Heat Haze and Tates Creek, two of Bobby Frankel's hopes for the Filly and Mare Turf, worked a half-mile on dirt. Heat Haze was timed in 47.40 seconds, which equaled the fastest of 29 works at the distance, while Tates Creek went in 48.
Belleski to Matriarch
Belleski, who won her first stakes in the Grade 3 Sen. Ken Maddy Handicap on the hillside turf course on Saturday, will make her first start in a Grade 1 stakes in the Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 30, trainer John Sadler said.
Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Belleski scored a two-length win over about 6 1/2 furlongs. The Matriarch is run over a mile on turf, the same distance as Belleski's maiden win at Santa Anita in April 2002.
"She broke her maiden going long," Sadler said. "I'm not looking to say she couldn't route. I think she has distance limitations going a mile or 1 1/16 miles."
Biancone down to single shot in Cup
A few weeks ago, it appeared as though trainer Patrick Biancone would have good chances in at least three Breeders' Cup races. But his top 2-year-olds, the colt Pomeroy and the filly Whoopi Cat, have minor injuries that will prevent them from running, leaving Biancone with only Zavata, for the Breeders' Cup Sprint.
Zavata won the Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga this summer, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 112, but since then was eighth in the King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga and, most recently, fifth in the Ancient Title Breeders' Cup Handicap at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. Biancone is convinced Zavata can bounce back with a top effort on Cup Day Oct. 25, and was encouraged by Zavata's five-furlong work in 58.80 seconds Monday at Santa Anita.
"He worked well this morning," Biancone said. "Very good."
Pomeroy, who was disqualified from victory in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile, has a chip in his right front ankle. Biancone said it was to be removed Tuesday morning.
"It's a little chip," he said, "not something bad. It's not new, but it has started bothering him a little."
Whoopi Cat, the winner of the Adirondack Stakes this summer at Saratoga, has developed abscesses in both front feet.
"We don't have time to get her fit enough," Biancone said. "We decided to give her a break. In trying to make the Breeders' Cup, we lost time."
* Special Ring, who ran fourth as the favorite in the Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile, bounced back with a swift workout on Monday, motoring three furlongs in 33.80 seconds, the best time of 24 by more than one second. "He did it nice and easy," said his trainer, Julio Canani. Special Ring is scheduled to make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Mile.
* Also at Santa Anita, Del Mar Futurity winner Siphonizer worked a half-mile in 47.60 seconds.
* Sky Jack, preparing for the California Cup Classic on Nov. 8, worked five furlongs in 1:00 Monday morning at Hollywood Park.
- additional reporting by Jay Privman