Daniel Borislow's Toccet, who has been battling ankle problems all year, has been sent to Frank Stronach's farm in Ocala, Fla. for 90 days R&R, then will be brought back and pointed for the big summer 3-year-old races.
Borislow did not point to any injury in particular, but said it's been a series of setbacks. "It's nothing big; no bones or soft tissue involved," Borislow said. "It's just little things, and everytime we take care of one, another little thing pops up. We could still go on with him, but John (trainer John Scanlan) felt he needed time, so we decided to let him heal naturally.
"We'll give him 45 days of walking, then 45 days on the aqua treadmill. Everything at Frank's farm is first class, and he has the best aqua treadmill in the country. After we take him off that, he'll be two weeks from a breeze. We'd like to find a race for him in July and then run in either the Haskell Invitational or the Jim Dandy before the Travers."
Toccet is just one of the top stars of 2002 to have fallen off the Derby trail. Two-year-old champ Vindication and Sky Mesa also are gone, as is 3-year-old filly Composure.
Toccet turned in a brilliant 2-year-old campaign, winning the Champagne Stakes, Hollywood Futurity, Remsen, and Laurel Futurity. He had been sent to Gulfstream to point for the Fountain of Youth when he began suffering from nagging ankle problems. It had been hoped at first he could still make the Derby. When that was ruled out, the Preakness and Belmont became the targets. But it soon became obvious that he would not be in shape to make those races either.