High Finance left the grade I winner Commentator behind in the final furlong to win the $197,500 Tom Fool Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Belmont Park Wednesday and register his first stakes victory for trainer Richard Violette Jr.
Queen's Plate winner Wild Desert, who had been training sharply in preparation for the $1-million Travers Stakes (gr. I) Aug. 27, will miss the "Mid-Summer Derby" and likely be out the rest of the year due to a suspensory injury, according to trainer Richard Dutrow.
Wild Desert, winner of the Queen's Plate on June 26, will be pointed for the Canadian Triple Crown, majority owner Dan Borislow said Wednesday.
Wild Desert gave jockey Patrick Valenzuela and stand-in trainer Bobby Frankel their first victory in the $1 million Queen's Plate, the first leg of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old Canadian-breds at Woodbine Sunday.
Owner-breeder Dan Borislow has purchased the 3-year-old colt Wild Desert from the partnership of Sarah-Lyn Stables and Carl Gessler Jr.
Following another disappointing effort by Toccet in the Westchester Handicap (gr. III), owner Dan Borislow has decided to switch trainers, and will turn the colt over to Bobby Frankel at Belmont Park.
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.
Daniel Borislow, owner of Toccet, has sent a letter of protest to the Santa Anita stewards, claiming the colt's 123-pound weight assignment for Saturday's Strub Stakes (gr. II) is incorrect. Toccet will carry topweight in the 1 1/8-mile race, run under allowance conditions.
Dan Borislow, encouraged by Toccet's solid third-place finish behind Congaree and Midas Eyes in the Cigar Mile (gr. I) has decided to send the colt back to Santa Anita and point for the Strub Series, beginning with the seven-furlong Malibu Stakes (gr. I) Dec. 26.
After straying off course since his return to racing in August, Dan Borislow's Toccet will attempt to get back on track when he faces nine opponents in Saturday's $50,000, 1 1/16-mile Hail Emperor Stakes at Laurel.
Owner Dan Borislow said Wednesday that Russell Baze, the perennial leading rider in Northern California, will ride Toccet in the John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT).
Dan Borislow, owner of Toccet, said Monday he has pre-entered Toccet in the Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. IT), with the 1 1/16-mile Seabiscuit Stakes on the dirt as his other option.
Dan Borislow, owner of Toccet, said the son of Awesome Again is scheduled to fly to Santa Anita tomorrow, where he will prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) in the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) on Oct. 4.
Although the margin was only three-quarters of a length, Dan Borislow's Toccet was in complete command through the stretch as he returned from an eight-month layoff to win the 1 1/16-mile Widener Stakes at Philadelphia Park Tuesday, a race written specifically for him.
Dan Borislow's Toccet, with the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe among his targets, had his first turf work Thursday, breezing 6 furlongs in 1:19 at Pimlico. Trainer John Scanlan had to move the work from his Laurel Park base because the turf course was closed for workouts.
Owner Dan Borilsow said Thursday he is making arrangements to send Toccet to France for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp on Oct. 5.
Daniel Borislow's Toccet, who has been sidelined all year with what originally had been described as a remodeling of the ankle, is back in training at Colonial Downs in Virginia and could return to the races by late summer.
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.
Dan Borislow, owner of Toccet, has given up his quest to make the Kentucky Derby with the son of Awesome Again, who has had his problems this year. Borislow has decided not to push the colt and will point for the Preakness and Belmont Stakes instead.
Dan Borislow's Toccet, who was sidelined earlier this year with what was diagnosed as a remodeling of the ankles, suffered a slight bruise to his right front foot Saturday after being in training for several days.
Owner Dan Borislow said Sunday that Toccet's ankles have shown marked improvement, and the colt definitely will be pointed toward the Kentucky Derby.
Dan Borislow, owner of multiple graded stakes winner Toccet, said Tuesday that the son of Awesome Again may be forced to miss the Kentucky Derby due to what has been described by veterinarians as a remodeling of the ankles.
A pair of highly promising 2-year-olds, multiple stakes winner Toccet from the East and locally-based Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) runner-up Kafwain, are set to clash in Saturday's Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) at Hollywood Park. A field of 11 fillies and mares also entered Saturday's Dahlia Handicap (gr. IIT).
It looks as though the weather might do what Toccet's owner, Dan Borislow, has been unable to, and that is to eliminate the Frank Stronach-owned and Bobby Frankel-trained Ghostzapper from the competition in Saturday's Hollywood Futurity.
No one can accuse Toccet's owner Daniel Borislow of not going down without a fight. With each decisive victory by the son of Awesome Again, Borislow has become more frustrated by his colt's defeat in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I), in which he virtually lost all chance after breaking from the 13 post.
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