Veteran California breeder/owner Alvin E. Toffel died March 5 in Las Vegas of a stroke. Toffel, an engineer who worked in the White House during the Nixon Administration, raced homebred stakes winners Only the Best, Riva Ranger, and Rexy Sexy either alone or with his wife, Neile. Only the Best won four stakes, including the 2002 Sunny Slope Stakes over Domestic Dispute
and Roll Hennessy Roll at Santa Anita. Rexy Sexy captured the 1996 Xtra Sports 690 AM California Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes and California Breeders' Championship Stakes.