Injury, uncertainty hinder fall plans for Toccet, Soto

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Horse Racing

October 12, 2003|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

Toccet and Soto, Maryland's best 3-year-olds, missed the Triple Crown series with injuries. They returned this summer with their connections' hopes for fall campaigns in the country's biggest races. Now, Soto has been sidelined again, and Toccet, well, who knows about Toccet?

Soto emerged from his hard-fought second to Ten Most Wanted in the Super Derby three weeks ago at Louisiana Downs with a torn ligament in his left foreleg. He will miss 60 to 90 days of training, his connections say.

Said Michael Dickinson, who trains Soto at his Tapeta Farm in Cecil County: "I still believe Soto is a genuine Grade I, top-class horse, and he will prove it next year."

Toccet, meanwhile, finished last in the Goodwood Handicap one week ago at Santa Anita Park. That was supposed to be his prep for the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Toccet and his Laurel-based trainer, John Scanlan, have remained at Santa Anita. Reached by telephone Friday and asked about Toccet, Scanlan said: "Call Borislow. He's the trainer. Call him."

Dan Borislow, who lives in Florida, owns Toccet and clearly calls the shots. He blamed Julie Krone, Toccet's jockey, for the poor performance in the Goodwood.

Borislow said Toccet would breeze on the turf today at Santa Anita. If he goes well, Borislow said, then the Breeders' Cup Turf is a possibility. And so is the Breeders' Cup Classic, and the Seabiscuit Handicap at Santa Anita, and the Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs, and the Discovery Handicap at Aqueduct, he said.

Et cetera

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association has requested that the Maryland Racing Commission address the controversial issue of the announced closing of Pimlico's stables for the winter. The commission meets at noon Tuesday at Laurel Park. ...

Scheduled at noon today on Channel 2, the half-hour TV show Maryland Horse Breeders Thoroughbred Weekly will feature a recap of the Maryland Million and a profile of the 1999 Classic winner Perfect to a Tee. . ...

Nancy Alberts, owner, breeder, trainer and exercise rider of Magic Weisner, continues to breeze her 4-year-old gelding even though he remains weak in the hind end from his near-fatal bout with West Nile virus. Alberts said she'll keep trying until the end of the year, and then, if he doesn't improve, "I'll just have to say he won't be a racehorse."

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