10/21/2001 11:00PM

No stopping Decarchy


ARCADIA, Calif. - As Bobby Frankel aims for his first Breeders' Cup win Saturday at Belmont Park, his rapidly improving turf horse Decarchy is making it look all too easy in California. A lightly raced 4-year-old, Decarchy is marching through his conditions with ease, and will start as one of the shortest prices on the Oak Tree card when he meets five others in Wednesday's seventh-race feature.

After winning his U.S. debut at Del Mar and scoring a two-other-win Sept. 26 at Santa Anita, Decarchy will be heavily backed in the three-other-than allowance at a mile on turf. His rivals include Night Life, fourth in the meet's fastest turf mile (1:32.55) on Sept. 28; Zentsov Street, adding blinkers and returning to his favorite course; well-regarded comebacker Wallace; and South American import Doble Aguila.

Despite the tough jump in class between allowance conditions, Decarchy should handle the raise from two-other-than to three-other-than. He certainly is bred for it. Sired by Distant View, Decarchy is the third foal from the top-class racemare Toussaud, producer of Grade 1 winners Chester House and Honest Lady. Owned and bred by Judd-monte Farms, Decarchy has impeccable current form to go with his pedigree.

His U.S. debut came at the expense of subsequent allowance winner The Price Spirit, and his next start was a 1 1/2-length win over well-regarded comebacker Good Journey. Decarchy will be ridden again by Kent Desormeaux, and a repeat of his 1:34.12 mile one month ago should be good enough. He has won 3 of 5.

Night Life was compromised by traffic trouble in his second start in the U.S. After winning his U.S. debut for trainer Jenine Sahadi, Night Life was beaten 4 1/2 lengths after trouble at the break, and into the far turn. The trouble was less significant than the time - 1:32.55 is the meet's fastest, validated when third-place finisher Jokerman returned to win.

Night Life will rally from behind, while Zentsozv Street adds blinkers for his first start since early September. He may show increased speed, and is 2 for 3 at Santa Anita. Wallace makes his first start in nearly two years, while racing above his eligibility conditions. Doble Aguila was Group 1-placed in Chile.

No live pick six Saturday

The Santa Anita pick six will take a one-day hiatus Saturday. Although the track will offer wagering on the Breeders' Cup pick six, no pick six will be offered on the live card, which starts at 9:45 a.m. Pacific. If the pick six is not hit Friday, the carryover would skip a day and be offered Sunday.

The Breeders' Cup simulcast will follow Saturday's first live race. Post time for the second live race is 3 p.m. No stakes race will be presented on the seven-race Santa Anita card.

White Heart tops Burke probables

The Southern California stakes schedule resumes Sunday with the Grade 3 Carleton F. Burke Handicap at 1 1/2 miles on turf. The likely favorite in the $150,000 race is White Heart, runner-up in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch Memorial Handicap on Sept. 30. Trained by Neil Drysdale, White Heart is a two-time Grade 1 winner with three wins from eight starts in the U.S. Gary Stevens rode White Heart last time.

Nominees to the Burke include Northern Quest, Nazirali, Bonapartiste, Cagney, Sign of Hope, Negotiateur, Most Likely, Monsajem, Madraar, Kerrygold, and Fade to Blue.

La Martina looks good in U.S. debut

La Martina established herself as one of the leading contenders for the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes on Nov. 23 at Hollywood Park by winning her U.S. debut Friday by 2 1/2 lengths. The 2-year-old filly, making her first start for trainer Jenine Sahadi and owners Gary Barber and Team Valor, won the $66,700 Hidden Light Stakes over pacesetter Happy Michelle. Film Critic finished a neck back in third, after severe trouble at the quarter pole.

La Martina ($4.60) completed the mile turf race in 1:35.62. Ridden by Chris McCarron, the win was La Martina's second from three starts. Happy Michelle, a Meadowlake filly with an up-front running style more appropriate for dirt, did well to hold second. It was third-place finisher Film Critic, however, who stamped herself as a potential star.

Film Critic was making her first start since winning her debut in a maiden sprint on the main track. She was rallying inside the eventual winner on the far turn, ran up on heels of a tiring front-runner, took up sharply, rallied again four wide, and finished fastest. Film Critic is a daughter of Dynaformer trained by David Hofmans.

Solis, Spawr lead standings

Jockey Alex Solis and trainer Bill Spawr lead their categories after four weeks of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. With 11 racing days remaining, Solis holds a 27-19 advantage over Kent Desormeaux; Laffit Pincay is third with 18 wins. Solis (24 percent), Desormeaux (22 percent), and Eddie Delahoussaye (20 percent) are the only riders clicking at 20 percent or higher.

Spawr, who led the Oak Tree standings last year, holds a 9-7 lead over Richard Mandella in the trainer standings. Bob Hess, Bobby Frankel, and Jack Carava are tied for third with six wins each. Bob Baffert, Oak Tree leading trainer three of the past four years, has won four races while starting 49 runners.

* Alan Buchdahl will fill in for track announcer Trevor Denman on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Denman will be at Belmont Park, where he will provide coverage as part of NBC's Breeders' Cup team.

* Jockey Tyler Baze has been fined $2,000 by the Oak Tree Board of Stewards for a whip violation. Stewards issued the ruling Sunday for "hitting horse on flank, causing break in skin - repeated violation." Trainer Jack Carava has been fined $1,000 for a minor medication violation (dexamethasone).