Toccet Confirmed for Hollywood Futurity

(From track report>
Multiple stakes winner Toccet will be flown from Maryland to California Thursday for the $385,000-estimated Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) for 2-year-olds Saturday, trainer John Scanlan confirmed Sunday from his base at Laurel.

"He's doing fabulously; he's going to do a little something Monday, an easy five-eighths," said Scanlan of the leading 2-year-old colt in the East. "He doesn't need to do much."

The 1 1/16-mile Futurity would be Toccet's fifth race in 11 weeks at five different tracks. The Kentucky-bred son of Awesome Again comes off a 2 1/4-length victory in the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct Nov. 30, his third graded stakes victory. He earlier accounted for the Laurel Futurity (gr. III) Nov. 16 and the Champagne Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Oct. 5.

"He will be coming out on a direct flight from Baltimore to Los Angeles with a groom and an assistant," said Scanlan, who will arrive Friday morning.

"Every race is a tough race, especially going out to run against some of those horses out there," said Scanlan. "That maiden winner (Ghostzapper) looks like a real nice horse. Kafwain is a nice horse. Toccet is a nice horse. If he handles the flight, I expect him to be right there."

The well-traveled Toccet has won five of seven starts this year, running at six different tracks and winning on four of them. Regular rider Jorge Chavez has the call back. owned by Daniel Borislow, the colt has earned $511,710, the most of any Futurity candidate, although just dollars ahead of Kafwain's $511,458.

Trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday from Santa Anita that Kafwain earned the green light after working six furlongs in a bullet 1:10.40 Saturday. "His work was awesome," said Baffert, seeking his fourth Futurity victory in six years. "Victor (Espinoza) knows the horse and will be aggressive. And Kafwain has run over the track (breaking his maiden June 22 during one of three starts during the Spring/Summer Meet)."

The Thoroughbred Corp.'s Kafwain comes off a second-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile(gr. I) Oct. 26 at Arlington Park, following a victory in the Norfolk Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita.

Baffert said Kafwain would be his only starter. He said he has elected to pass with Domestic Dispute.

"He worked great this morning (six furlongs in a bullet 1:11), but I'll wait for a race at Santa Anita with him," said Baffert, influenced by the shocking upset of prohibitive favorite Composure in the $356,500 Hollywood Starlet Saturday in her first race at Hollywood. "He's never raced at Hollywood Park, and you just don't know how they will do over there."

Two other Futurity probables, Roll Hennessy Roll and Ghostzapper, worked six furlongs Saturday at Hollywood Park.

Roll Hennessy Roll, who won for the fourth time in five starts in the Hollywood Prevue Stakes Nov. 23 under Alex Solis, covered the distance in 1:13.80 for trainer Rafael Becerra.

Ghostzapper, an eye-opening nine-length winner first time out at 6 ½ furlongs here Nov. 16 under Jose Valdivia, Jr., was clocked in 1:12.60. "He worked good, but it all depends on the weather," said trainer Bobby Frankel of the colt's status for the Futurity.

Outta Here, third-place finisher in the Generous Stakes (gr. III) on the Hollywood turf Nov. 30, would run in the Futurity or in Louisiana Saturday.

"It's a question of fame or fortune," said trainer and co-owner Bill Currin. "The inaugural Jackpot Stakes at Delta Downs has a purse of $500,000. But if the Futurity comes up real light, I will probably stay here. If I go to Louisiana, I will be 'outta here' Monday."

Kent Desormeaux has the call either way.

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