Updated on 09/17/2011 12:10PM

Decarchy's female family in demand

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Half-brothers Decarchy and Empire Maker are going to stud for the first time this season. But the similarities end there.

At Juddmonte Farms in Kentucky, Empire Maker, a top 3-year-old of 2003, will stand for $100,000. Empire Maker, by Unbridled, finished his career with 4 wins in 8 starts - including wins in the Florida Derby, Wood Memorial, and Belmont Stakes - and earnings of $1,985,800.

At Magali Farms in Santa Ynez, Calif., Decarchy, who will turn 7 in 2004, will stand for $5,000. Decarchy is by Distant View, a son of Mr. Prospector. He finished his career in October with 6 wins from 19 starts and earnings of $703,862. He won the Grade 2 Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in 2002 and placed in six other graded stakes.

Tom Hudson, the general manager at Magali, would like to charge more to breed to Decarchy, but the reality of the marketplace in California set the price.

"You start at $10,000 in California and you breed 20 mares," he said. "At $5,000, we get two or three calls a day on this horse. I think we'll cut him off at 80 outside mares. He'll probably have a full book of 80 to 100."

It is not just the race record that will make Decarchy attractive to mare owners. He is from one of racing's top female families. Earlier this year, his dam, Toussaud, was named 2002 Broodmare of the Year by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

On the racetrack, Toussaud won stakes in England and California. In addition to Empire Maker and Decarchy, Toussaud is the dam of three other multiple stakes winners - Chester House (whose biggest win came in the Arlington Million), Chiselling (Secretariat Stakes), and Honest Lady (Santa Monica Handicap). Just as Decarchy was, all were trained by Bobby Frankel for most of their careers.

Decarchy began his career with Henry Cecil in England, where he won his first start in September 1999. After losing two allowance races as a 3-year-old in May 2000, he was sent to Frankel, but did not start again until August 2001.

Decarchy thrived in California with Frankel. He won his first three starts, in allowance races or optional claimers, and finished his 2001 campaign with a second to Good Journey in the Grade 2 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park.

His best season came in 2002. In a five-race campaign interrupted by injury, Decarchy won the Grade 3 Tanforan Handicap at Golden Gate Fields and the Kilroe Mile. Later that year, he finished third in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita.

Decarchy was winless in six starts this year, although he was unlucky at times. In October, Decarchy was bought privately by Rich and Gaby Sulpizio, who own Magali, and Dennis Narlinger, who races as JMJ Racing.

He made his final start in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita in October and finished 12th of 13.

Decarchy was never tried on the main track, partly because Frankel had many top-class dirt specialists.

"The opportunity never really arose," Frankel said. "He would have been all right on the dirt, because he was one-paced."

Decarchy stands as the property of Magali Farms. He is one of two new stallions at Magali this year, joined by Fusaichi Zenon, a Japanese-bred son of Sunday Silence. Because Sunday Silence bloodlines are rare in the Western Hemisphere, Hudson said the response to that stallion has been strong in recent weeks.

Hudson said the Sulpizios might go to Keeneland in January to acquire mares who will fit with Decarchy. He said the Sulpizios will send three mares they have purchased at recent sales to the stallion - Day Jewels, Jacodra's Devil, and Katrina.

"We'd love to breed six of our best mares, stakes-winning and stakes-producing mares," he said. "We are really looking forward to Decarchy. We want to give him a good shot. We believe he's the best-bred stallion in California."

Considering the races won by Toussaud's foals in recent years, it may be a difficult point to argue.