Updated on 09/16/2011 8:49AM

Full speed ahead for Borislow, Toccet


PHILADELPHIA - Owner Dan Borislow runs his stable like he lives his life. If there is a risk to take, he takes it.

That's why he is retired in his 40's. It is why he had a home and business in the classic Delaware River town of New Hope, and why he now lives in Palm Beach. It is why he flies to Philadelphia for every Eagles home game to sit in his penthouse box high above the 50-yard-line.

Borislow simply goes for it. He doesn't care what you think. Consequences are rarely considered.

He plays the stock market and the horses with equal vigor.

He invested more than $40,000 in the Breeders' Cup Ultra Pick Six and answered his phone "Losers Incorporated' that night. He wins. He loses. He keeps playing.

Borislow bet so much money at Philadelphia Park that the track closed its third floor so he could have it to himself.

If you like action, Borislow is action.

He is managing his hot 2-year-old Toccet just the way you would expect. While everybody else is sending their young horses off into hiding, Borislow is trying a revolutionary tactic. He is actually letting his horse run in races.

Toccet ran on Oct. 5 in the Champagne Stakes; Oct. 26 in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile; Nov. 16 in the Laurel Futurity; Nov. 30 Remsen Stakes. He may run in the Hollywood Futurity.

I can hear the racing establishment now - "What is this man trying to do? Is he trying to ruin his colt?"

I can tell you what he is trying to do. He is trying to win races.

There was a time when that was the object in this sport. Now, the object apparently is to preserve your horse for some unknown future goal that may or may not happen.

When did it become a crime to race a good horse? And why?

Secretariat, Affirmed, and Spectacular Bid all had extensive 2-year-old campaigns. It did not appear to deter their development.

When did it become accepted wisdom that you could only race a top 2-year-old three of four times before resting him three of four months to get ready for the Triple Crown? And why is it accepted that a top 3-year-old should only race three or four times before the Kentucky Derby?

Is it possible that the reason we haven't had a Triple Crown winner in 24 years is because the candidates are babied and simply not tough enough to withstand the five-week grind that begins in Louisville, stops in Baltimore, and ends on Long Island?

So what if Toccet raced four times in eight weeks. He just finished racing three times in five weeks. The colt not only survived, he thrived.

He won the Champagne and received a 97 Beyer Speed Figure. He won the Laurel Futurity and received a 96 Beyer. He won the Remsen with a 101 Beyer. He won from a little off the pace or right with the pace. He also won in the slop.

Obviously, the Breeders' Cup was an aberration. He had post 13. Few horses made up ground that day. Toccet finished ninth, beaten 16 lengths. As he has subsequently proved, Toccet is much better than that.

Is he good enough to win the spring classics? Who knows?

Will his fall campaign hurt him or help him next year? Again, who knows?

What we do know is that Dan Borislow has tried something different in a sport where different confuses people. Really, there should be no confusion. Borislow bred Cozzene's Angel to Awesome Again hoping to get a good horse and he got one.

Now, he is trying to win good races with a good horse. Toccet has racked up a half million dollars in earnings. Borislow appears to have a pretty good plan.