10/01/2003 11:00PM

Decarchy seeks an end to eight-race skid

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ELMONT, N.Y. - Decarchy, an older half-brother to the recently retired Empire Maker, will try to snap his losing streak in Saturday's $350,000 Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park.

Despite his string of eight losses, Decarchy is the 118-pound highweight of the Kelso Breeders' Cup, a prep for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. Eleven older males were entered in the Grade 2 Kelso, which will be run at a mile on the Widener turf.

Decarchy, who is trained by Bobby Frankel, has been running consistently despite not winning a race since March 2002, when he ran in the Grade 2 Frank E. Kilroe Handicap at Santa Anita. Losses aside, Decarchy is the likely Kelso favorite in a field that does not feature any standouts.

In Decarchy's last start, he finished a well-beaten second to Special Ring in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar on July 27.

"He's the only horse that hasn't won in a year, carrying top weight - give him a break," Frankel said of the weight assignment. "He's a good horse, just a little bit unlucky."

Frankel said Decarchy was no worse for the wear after his nightmare trip from California to New York. Decarchy was on a plane that had engine trouble and had to make unscheduled stops in Louisiana and Kentucky. Decarchy arrived in New York on Wednesday, a day later than planned.

Jose Santos will ride Decarchy from the rail.

Millennium Dragon was an impressive winner of a classified allowance race on the turf here Sept. 17. He came within .32 seconds of the track record when he covered seven furlongs in 1:20.20. His margin of victory was two lengths. Earlier in the summer, Millennium Dragon won a mile turf race at Belmont.

Kiaran McLaughlin, Millennium Dragon's trainer, said he thought that the Kelso "isn't coming up too tough. The only negative is we are coming back quicker than I would like."

John Velazquez will ride Millennium Dragon from post 2.

Trainer Christophe Clement, who won the Kelso with Forbidden Apple in 2000 and 2001, will saddle the uncoupled entry of Rouvres and Proud Man.

In his last start, Rouvres finished second in the Belmont Breeders' Cup, a neck ahead of last year's Breeders' Cup Classic winner, Volponi. The course was firm that day.

"Rouvres is probably better on good to soft turf," Clement said.

Corey Nakatani will ride Rouvres from post 9.

Proud Man won the mile West Virginia House Delegates Stakes at Mountaineer Park in his last start.

"The one-turn mile, he should enjoy that," Clement said. "His last two races were good, and I think he belongs in this race."

Jerry Bailey will ride Proud Man, who drew a tough post, 11.

Del Mar Show was beaten as the favorite in his last start, the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga on July 25. On his best day, Del Mar Show, who figures to be involved in the early pace, is a tough customer.