09/22/2003 11:00PM

Frankel pair both likely for turf stakes


SAN MATEO, Calif. - A full field of 12 seems likely for Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Trainer Bobby Frankel decided Tuesday that he would likely enter highweight Decarchy along with Fateful Dream in the 1 1/8-mile turf race. Fateful Dream will be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, who has won riding titles at Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar this year, while northern California leader Russell Baze will ride Decarchy.

That means three of the race's four topweighted prospects - Decarchy (121), Ninebanks (118), and Fateful Dream (117) - all apparently will run.

Among other entrants, trainer Dan Hendricks said Runaway Dancer would start with Mike Smith aboard, and trainer Darrell Vienna said Bonaguil would run.

Also in is Surprise Halo, who will try to avenge a neck loss to Ninebanks in the $100,000 California Turf Championship here. Ninebanks loves the Bay Meadows turf, and in addition to his one-mile score over Cal-breds in the Sept. 1 Turf Championship, he captured the Grade 2 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile here in April.

Ninebanks sheds one pound from his Turf Championship weight, and Surprise Halo drops three pounds to get in at 115.

Rounding out the listed starters are Aly Bubba, Calkins Road, Like a Hero, Lily's Lad, and Poker Brad.

Strong midweek card

Thursday's feature comes in the first race, where stalker Validating drops and tries to return to her winning ways in a six-furlong, $25,000 claimer for 3-year-old fillies. Summer Lass, a beaten favorite in her past two starts, will also be trying to return to the winner's circle.

Later on the card, Eoin Harty sends Brands Hatch north in an attempt to win his maiden in a one-mile race for 2-year-olds. The regally bred A.P. Indy colt out of a Mr. Prospector mare should appreciate the added distance as he goes two turns for the first time.

Souvenir's of Old will try to prove that his wire-to-wire maiden victory was no fluke in a $40,000 starter allowance at six furlongs, and there is also a wide-open $20,000 claimer for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

* Omar Figueroa will miss a minimum of six weeks after fracturing his left wrist and suffering a hairline collarbone fracture in a spill Sunday.