Toccet gets new trainer.

Toccet gets new trainer.

Barbara D. Livingston

Frankel to Take Over Training of Toccet

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.

Borislow and trainer John Scanlan have been extremely close over the years, and this was a decision the owner regretted having to make.

"I love John and I feel bad for him," Borislow said. "But the reason I decided to make the switch had nothing to do with him. I changed trainers because I could not trust myself with making bad decisions with Toccet anymore, and I didn't listen to my trainer on his advice with the horse. I asked Frankel to take over his training because he is known for being his own boss, with little exception.

"All my remaining horses will still be trained by John, and I would quit the game before I changed trainers with my other horses. It has been a long-term relationship, and you can't ignore the fact that with Toccet, John won two grade I stakes, one grade II, and one grade III, as well as finishing third in another grade I race. Toccet also set a record as the only 2-year-old to have won four graded stakes at 1 1/16 miles or longer."

Frankel said he'll likely send the son of Awesome Again  for a nuclear scan before mapping out a schedule to try to get the colt back to his winning form. He did finish a good second to During in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup (gr. II) earlier in the year, and was a solid third behind Congaree and the Frankel-trained Midas Eyes in last November's Cigar Mile (gr. I).