Borislow Wins Protest; Toccet's Strub Weight Lowered to 117

Borislow Wins Protest; Toccet's Strub Weight Lowered to 117
Photo: Barbara D. Livingston
Toccet to race at 117 in the Strub.
Toccet's owner Dan Borislow, who sent a letter to the Santa Anita stewards, claiming his colt's weight assignment was incorrect, won his protest when the stewards decided to lower the horse's weight from 123 to 117.

Trainer John Scanlan received a call from chief steward Pete Pedersen Friday afternoon, who told him of the change.

"He tried calling Dan, but he was on a plane to California," Scanlan said. "He told me to tell him everything is fine; the horse is carrying 117. I've never seen anything like that in 30 years of training."

"I've seen protests and appeals won on the court level," Borislow said after arriving in California, "but I've never seen something like this won on the stewards level. If you're right you're right."

Borislow claimed that according to the wording of the conditions, Toccet should have carried 117 in the Strub, and not the 123 he was given, based on his two major victories back in Dec. 2002. The way the weights were originally, Toccet would have had to concede two pounds to During, who defeated him in the recent San Fernando Stakes (gr, II) while giving him four pounds, resulting in a six-pound weight shift in During's favor. Toccet also would have had to give weight to Buddy Gil, who had won the San Felipe (gr. II) and Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) last year, and Midas Eyes, winner of the Swale Stakes (gr. II) and Derby Trial Stakes (gr. II).

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