Decarchy Earns First Graded Stakes Win in Tanforan Handicap

Decarchy became the third graded stakes winner produced by his dam when he won Saturday's Tanforan Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Golden Gate Fields. The half-brother of grade I winners Chester House and Honest Lady completed the 1 1/16-mile turf race in 1:44.25 on a course labeled "good."

Under jockey Russell Baze, Decarchy rated in mid-pack, then rallied through the stretch en route to the victory. Ninebanks finished second, just ahead of 68-1 longshot Takin It Deep. Takin It Deep was subsequently disqualified and placed seventh. Finishing behind Takin It Deep were Poker Brad, Sea to See, Big Board, Diggit, Sirpa, and I'madrifter.

A Juddmonte Farms homebred trained by Bobby Frankel, Decarchy's previous best stakes performance was a second-place finish in the Citation Handicap (gr. IIT) in his final start of 2001.

The 5-year-old son of Distant View--Toussaud was sent off as the 7-10 favorite and returned $3.40, $3, and $2.10. Ninebanks paid $7.80 and $3.40, with Poker Brad worth $3.20 to show. The $1 exacta paid $12.10. (Charts, Equibase)