07/22/2014 12:16PM

Owner Dan Borislow dead at 52

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Dan Borislow, the brash entrepreneur best known in Thoroughbred circles for owning the standout runner Toccet, died of a heart attack Monday night, less than two months after taking down a massive pick-six jackpot at Gulfstream Park.

Borislow, 52, died after playing in a pick-up soccer game in West Palm Beach, Fla., from where he operated his business and where he was highly active in youth soccer.

Borislow made a fortune in business, most recently by selling “MagicJack,” a device that allows customers to make free phone calls through the Internet. His background was in telephone communications in the Philadelphia area, where he founded Tel-Save, a successful company that allowed him to temporarily retire in the late 1990s and make a serious foray into racing and breeding.

Borislow was known within the racing establishment as someone who sometimes ruffled feathers with his outspoken demeanor. Toccet, a Borislow homebred trained by John Scanlan, won four stakes as a 2-year-old, including the Grade 1 Champagne and Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity, and was a divisional Eclipse Award finalist of 2002. Toccet was named for Borislow’s close friend, hockey star Rick Tocchet.

Borislow also owned Talk Is Money, a $1.8-million yearling purchase who carried his colors to a last-place finish in the 2001 Kentucky Derby. He had not been seriously involved as an owner in recent years, with his last top horse being Wild Desert, winner of the 2005 Queen’s Plate.

At the time of his death, Borislow had been living primarily in West Palm Beach, where on May 25 he was the only winner of a pick-six pool worth nearly $6.7 million. The jackpot had carried over for months at Gulfstream Park when Borislow, who placed his bet at the Palm Beach Kennel Club, crafted a perfect ticket that cost $7,603.20.

One of Borislow’s close friends, hockey analyst and former National Hockey League standout Keith Jones, said Tuesday that the news of Borislow’s death “is shocking.”

Borislow is survived by his wife, Michele, and two children, Danny and Kylie.

Memorial services are being held Friday in the Kravis Center ballroom in Palm Beach from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern.

 

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I doubt gulfstream will pay out the remainder to Dan's widow. I hope she sues them and gets paid.
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Rip
Ron Solberg More than 1 year ago
sorry about his death. when you spend $7603.20 on a ticket you don't win the rainbow 6 you buy it.
philcoforde More than 1 year ago
You're a KNOB
zkid9914 More than 1 year ago
Why didn't you buy it?
Quite a More than 1 year ago
Must have been in half way decent shape if he was playing soccer prior to his coronary. Too bad..RIP..
Nathan More than 1 year ago
"sensor"? I think you meant "censor".
G More than 1 year ago
When is DRF going to get moderators that actually moderate? They sensor statements but the wrong ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a guy who admitted to demanding that USA soccer star Abby Womback call him "daddy". So who is sick now kenny?
G More than 1 year ago
Post the article or whatever proof you have and please get some counseling.
Kenny More than 1 year ago
Every time I read the comments section I realize how many sick losers there are in the world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
See my post above...
William Eisele More than 1 year ago
careful what u wish 4 people............
Walter More than 1 year ago
I hope there was no foul play here. I would not like to see this as a subject on the show American Greed on CNBC.