12/02/2002 12:00AM

Toccet may be back for Hollywood Futurity


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - In hopes of making a last-ditch effort to earn an Eclipse Award, owner Daniel Borislow is seriously considering running Remsen winner Toccet back in the Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity on Dec. 21.

Though many thought Vindication clinched an Eclipse Award as the nation's outstanding 2-year-old colt when he won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile - thus completing an undefeated season - Borislow said Toccet would deserve strong consideration should he add the Hollywood Futurity to a resume that already includes the Grade 1 Champagne, Grade 2 Remsen, and Grade 3 Laurel Futurity.

"I really think the horse deserves it, if the horse goes out there and does that," Borislow said Monday from Florida.

Toccet could be compromised by the timing of the Futurity. Eclipse ballots are mailed out this Friday and must be turned in by Dec. 31. It is uncertain whether enough voters would refrain from mailing their ballots back until after the Hollywood Futurity is run.

Also, Vindication is unbeaten in four starts and did finish 16 lengths in front of Toccet when the two ran in the Juvenile. Borislow believes breaking from post 13 in the Juvenile compromised Toccet.

"If I could get a fair shake in the Eclipse Award voting, we'd probably run the horse," Borislow said.

Should Toccet run in the Hollywood Futurity, it would be his eighth race of the year and fifth in the last 11 weeks. Borislow does not believe running in the Futurity would compromise Toccet's chances of making next spring's Kentucky Derby.

"The only thing that will compromise next season is if that Hollywood track comes up as hard as it normally has and this horse bucks his shins," Borislow said.

Trainer John Scanlan reported that Toccet came out of the Remsen in excellent shape.

Demoiselle satisfying for Martin

The sense of satisfaction following Roar Emotion's gate-to-wire victory in Saturday's $200,000 Demoiselle Stakes was worth a lot more to trainer Jose Martin than his share of the $120,000 winner's purse.

Martin said he heard a lot of detractors following Roar Emotion's loss as a heavy favorite in an Oct. 18 allowance race at Belmont Park. That was the second race of her career and first for owner Joe Allen, who purchased the filly privately following her 10 1/2-length debut win.

Martin repeatedly stated that Roar Emotion displaced her palate in that race, and that a tongue-tie and figure-eight bridle would help. Martin said he eschewed running back in an allowance race because he didn't want the filly to waste a good effort in a non-stakes event.

"This wasn't just a race, this was a personal issue, because this was a filly that was knocked pretty heavily by a lot of advisors prior to the sale," Martin said. "Mr. Allen went beyond the advisors and bought her anyway. I gambled on my training abilities, if I could get her to go a mile and an eighth after almost two months off. It was a personal reward. The race was nice to win, but I've already won the race twice."

For Martin, it was his first stakes win since Patsyprospect won the Alex M. Robb Handicap in 1997. It was his first graded stakes victory since Key Contender won the Grade 2 Suburban in 1995.

Martin said he and Allen have not discussed plans for Roar Emotion. For now, she will remain with Martin at Belmont and be kept in light training. Martin said he wouldn't mind sending the horse to Florida with his son, Carlos, should Allen decide to point for races like the Davona Dale or Bonnie Miss.

Red Bullet bled in Cigar Mile

Red Bullet, who finished seventh as the favorite in Saturday's Cigar Mile, bled, according to trainer Joe Orseno.

"There was definitely enough blood to stop him," Orseno said. "I was shocked. I scoped him because he's my best horse and I wanted to take all precautions, but I did not expect to see anything. I'm a little relieved because the horse was doing too well for him to run the way he did."

Orseno said he was waiting to hear back from the Stronach family before determining the future for Red Bullet, the 2000 Preakness winner. Orseno said there is a chance Red Bullet could run back in the $100,000 Fred Hooper Stakes at Calder on Dec. 28.

"I'd hate to see him go out on an effort like that," Orseno said, referring to the Cigar Mile. "Whatever they decide is totally up to them."

Red Bullet is one of five horses Orseno has left for the Stronachs. Orseno has maintained a public stable for the last several months and will split his stable between Florida and New York for the winter.

Critical Eye will try again

Critical Eye, who finished fourth in Sunday's Montauk Handicap when a top-three finish would have made her a millionaire, will most likely run back in the $100,000 Ladies Handicap here on Dec. 21.

Critical Eye was beaten a nose for third and her lifetime earnings stand at $996,544. Trainer Scott Schwartz said he would like to see Critical Eye reach the million-dollar mark before she is bred next year to Deputy Minister.

"She came out of the race perfect," Schwartz said. "I wish she would have gotten third and that'd been it. A mile and a quarter with a reasonable weight and she should be all right."