12/21/2002 1:00AM

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A proud owner has every right to tout his colt

Regarding the Dec. 15 letter "History rewrite by an owner seen as brazen," whether or not Toccet is the best 2-year-old colt in the country really isn't the issue. His owner, Dan Borislow, has pumped millions of dollars into the racing game and untold dollars into the breeding business. It's about time a full-blooded American with a small stable has the guts to boast of his accomplishments. It's the American dream.

No matter how good Toccet really is, Borislow has the right to express his opinion and gloat of his accomplishments. Has anyone ever heard Borislow complain about all the bucked shins, fractured cannon bones, bad rides, or morning glories who have gone by the wayside?

Cheers to a small guy with an honest trainer who operates without a publicist, using money earned in the good old U.S.A. Cheers to a guy who aspired to owning horses after being taken to the races by his granddad. Dan Borislow is the very stuff that makes up the backbone of the racing industry.

Full-page ads in the Racing Form may seem to some an unorthodox tactic to drum up support for a horse, but Borislow paid for them with hard-earned U.S. dollars. He has every right as a proud owner and breeder to challenge anyone in the industry. Borislow reached into his own pocket and came out a winner.

It's too bad that Vindication's connections didn't take up Borislow's challenge of his $200,000 to their $100,000 for a Hollywood Futurity matchup. Whatever happened to the true sense of competition? Isn't that what races are made of?Angelo A. Chinnici

Asbury Park, N.J.

Horses worthy of price-protection

Pursuant to the wonderful news that the National Thoroughbred Racing Association had endorsed a ban of the slaughter of Thoroughbreds, (Dec. 14), I wondered how many people noticed the upset price of $500 for weanlings and yearlings at the Fasig-Tipton Texas December mixed sale on Sunday the 15th?

Sales companies have made tremendous headway in preventing the eventual slaughter of public offerings at Thoroughbred venues by setting the upset price at $1,000. In light of the disastrous trend we saw in Maryland last week, with reserves not attained and no-bids rampant, one could only assume this lack of a market for horses in the lower price range will only continue in Texas ("Fasig-Tipton low end is weak," Dec. 18) .

In light of the fact that there are major slaughter facilities for horses located in Texas, the likelihood that $500 dollar horses will end up there, with a very minimal ship entailed, to me, seems like a no-brainer.

Who is going to protect these horses from such a demise? I commend the sales companies who, in tough economic times, stick to their guns with respect to a $1,000 upset price.

I wish I had a solution for the horses who will likely end up in the meat-packing plants in Texas following last Sunday's sale. It's a dreadful scenario about which I would love to say I am wrong, but I have been in this business too long to believe that. Can anybody help?

Amy Bondon Peltz

Birmingham, Ala.