The $50,000 Hail Emperor Stakes came down to a bob of noses with Michael Gill's Last Intention beating 4-5 favorite Toccet by a whisker.
The $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (grade I) is the headline event of Saturday's Fall Festival of Racing, but the day also features five additional stakes races on the 10-race program.
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.
With the defection of Mineshaft, as well as Empire Maker, the field for the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) is up in the air, and will be for another week, until several Eastern owners and trainers decide which way to go.
Favored Pleasantly Perfect, making his first start since March 1, won Saturday's $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita for the second year in a row, tenaciously defeating a determined Fleetstreet Dancer by a half-length.
John Scanlan says Toccet is at his best for Saturday's $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita at 1 1/8 miles. If the trainer has any reservations as to how the well-traveled 3-year-old will fare, it's because the son of Awesome Again is making his debut against his elders.
Defending Goodwood Handicap (gr. II) champion Pleasantly Perfect, who hasn't raced since March 1 when he was fourth in the Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I), "is coming up to Saturday's Goodwood very good and I expect him to run as good as he can run," trainer Richard Mandella said Wednesday at Santa Anita.
Anywhere trainer John Scanlan hangs his tack has been home for the past 18 months. That's when he began training Toccet, a much-traveled 3-year-old son of Awesome Again who is scheduled to make his debut at Santa Anita in the $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at 1 1/8 miles on Oct. 5.
Dan Borislow's Toccet tuned up for the Oct. 4 Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) Saturday, working 6 furlongs at Santa Anita in 1:13. Julie Krone has been named to ride son of Awesome Again in the Goodwood.
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.
Ridden by Joe Bravo, Earle Mack's Grand Hombre caught pacesetter Gimmeawink at the top of the stretch and drew off to a 5 1/4-length upset victory in the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III) at Philadelphia Park on Monday.
Catherine Wills & Peter Karches' Dynever drew post position seven in a field of ten and was installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite for Monday's running of the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III) at Philadelphia Park.
The $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby (gr. III) at Philadelphia Park will be in the spotlight this week when HorseRacing TV (HRTV) begins extensive pre- and post-race coverage. The cable channel will broadcast the 1 1/8-mile race live on Sept. 1.
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.
Toccet, the promising 3-year old who fell off the Visa Triple Crown trail with a right leg injury in February, worked on the grass at Pimlico Race Course, covering six furlongs in 1:19. 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 took his first major step back on the comeback trail when he breezed 3 furlongs in :37 at Colonial Downs Tuesday.
The 2002 Experimental Free Handicap has been more an experiment in futility, as none of the Top 10 weighted horses even made it to the Kentucky Derby. But several of the heavy hitters are back in training, with the No. 9 ranked Zavata leading the comeback assault on Thursday.
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.
Cozzene's Angel, dam of Toccet, produced a half-sister to the grade I winner for William and Mary Lou Griffin
While leading Belmont Stakes (gr. I) contenders Funny Cide, Empire Maker and Dynever are getting most of the attention these days, it wasn't long ago that Sky Mesa, Vindication and Toccet were the darlings of the current 3-year-old class.
Daniel Borislow, whose grade I winner Toccet was taken off the Triple Crown trail because of an injury, has accepted the offer to stand the son of Awesome Again at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm.
Daniel Borislow, whose grade I winner Toccet was taken off the Triple Crown trail because of an injury, is leaning toward standing the son of Awesome Again at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm.
Ask anyone, novice or seasoned expert, and he'll be hard pressed to find a year in which so many top Derby prospects have been sidelined.
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.
In spite of a brutal winter storm that hampered wagering in several key racing markets in the Midwest and East, Pool 1 of Churchill Downs' 2003 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) closed strongly on Sunday and ended with the mutuel field as a record-setting favorite.
Reflecting the lack of a solid favorite, or any favorite at all, Kentucky Derby Future Wager bettors hammered the field down to the even-money favorite after the first day of wagering in pool one Thursday.
Overlays were the rule on the first day of the 2003 Kentucky Derby Future Derby Wager as the bettors took a cautious approach, making the field the even-money favorite Thursday.
Handicapper Mike Battaglia has established the mutuel field as the favorite for the first round of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager pool that opens at noon on Thursday, Feb. 13 and continues through Sunday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
February promises to provide a great deal of excitement, with the eagerly-awaited debuts of 2-year-old champion Vindication, Sky Mesa, Empire Maker, and Kafwain.
Owner Dan Borislow said Sunday that Toccet's ankles have shown marked improvement, and the colt definitely will be pointed toward the Kentucky Derby.
In the first weekly installment looking at leading contenders for the Kentucky Derby, Vindication tops the list compiled by Steve Haskin, senior correspondent for The Blood-Horse.
Already? Is it really time to start smelling roses again, even though the scent of pine and eggnog still permeates our living room? Is it premature to start thinking Kentucky Derby while there are Christmas tree needles still embedded in our carpet?
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.
Gary Garber's fast-developing Domestic Dispute thundered home to win Saturday's $150,000 Santa Catalina Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-olds at Santa Anita, giving trainer Bob Baffert another early contender for the Kentucky Derby.
Trainer Todd Pletcher has several promising 3-year-olds in his barn. One of them, Bham, is in Saturday's $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park.
Patrick Biancone and Fabian Ouaki's grade 1 winner Whywhywhy, who hasn't started since a 10th-place finish in the Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) at Arlington Park Oct. 26, worked an impressive half-mile in :47 1/5, breezing, at Santa Anita Wednesday morning.
Toccet will soon ship to Gulfstream Park to prepare for the Feb. 15 Fountain of Youth and hopefully, the March 15 Florida Derby.
South Florida is a 3-year-old mecca because of Gulfstream's Florida Derby Series, which starts on Jan. 18, with the running of the $100,000 Holy Bull Stakes (gr. III). The series continues Feb. 15 with the $200,000 Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. I), and comes to a fitting climax March 15 with the $1 million Florida Derby (gr. I).
Daniel Borislow's Toccet, a contender for an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old male of 2002, will make his 3-year-old debut in Gulfstream Park's Fountain of Youth (gr. I) on Feb. 15.
Toccet can add Saturday's $406,507 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) to his growing argument for top juvenile honors in 2002.
Toccet can add Saturday's $409,500 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) to his growing argument for top juvenile honors in 2002.
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).
A forecast of rain Friday and an off track Saturday brought rain-dance whoops from Maryland to California in the barns of John Scanlan and Rafael Becerra, trainers of Toccet and Roll Hennessy Roll, respectively, as they await Saturday's $375,000-estimated Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 mile.
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