Toccet can add Saturday's $409,500 Hollywood Futurity (gr. I) to his growing argument for top juvenile honors in 2002.
The Kentucky-bred son of Awesome Again now holds grade one victories on both coasts – he won the Champagne at Belmont on Oct. 5 – and has captured six of eight starts, including four graded stakes. He also won the Laurel Futurity (gr. III) and the Remsen Stakes (gr. II) at Aqueduct this year.
Daniel Borislow, who had challenged Padua Stables and trainer Bob Baffert to enter their Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) champion Vindication Saturday, owns Toccet.
Instead, Baffert gave him Kafwain, his "second-stringer" who put on a tremendous stretch battle with Toccet.
Toccet, ridden by Jorge Chavez, prevailed by a head over 6-5 favorite Kafwain, but the latter was disqualified for bumping Coax Kid turning for home and placed fourth. The 1 1/16-mile 2-year-old test was run in 1:41.26.
Sent off at 8-5, Toccet surprisingly took on Roll Hennessy Roll early through solid early fractions of :23.08 and :46.36. As Toccet took control of the lead at the top of the stretch, Kafwain, ridden by Victor Espinoza, was making a wide move to kick home. Kafwain took a tiny lead lead briefly in late stretch, but Toccet gamely battled back to grab a narrow lead in the final 100 yards.
Kafwain, the Thoroughbred Corp.'s Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up, was last in the six-horse field going down the backstretch before closing the gap on the turn. He was four wide coming out of the final turn when he cut off Coax Kid and Patrick Valenzuela to his inside while engaging a powerful stretch drive.
Domestic Dispute, a second Baffert entry, was moved up to second and Coax Kid awarded third.
Trained by John Scanlan, Borislow, who also bred Toccet in Kentucky, picked up $245,70 for the victory, swelling the 2-year-old bay colt's career earnings to $757,410.
Toccet paid $5.20, $3.80 and $2.40. Domestic Dispute returned $8 and $6.20. Coax Kid paid $5.20.