Updated on 09/16/2011 9:54AM

Toccet victorious in Futurity

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Toccet (right) battles back under left-handed urging from Jorge Chavez to outgame Kafwain by a head in Saturday's Grade 1 Hollywood Futurity at Hollywood Park.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - In his years in the National Hockey League, Rick Tocchet was known for his tough, aggressive play. In an act of pure karma, the trait has transferred to the colt whose misspelled name carries on that legacy.

Saturday's $409,500 put Toccet to the test. On a track favoring speed, he was asked to chase a quick front-runner, then hold off a belated charge from the favorite, all while racing over a new track for the first time. He cleared every hurdle, holding off Kafwain to win by a head.

Kafwain was subsequently disqualified and moved back to fourth, the stewards ruling he interfered with Coax Kid at the top of the stretch. Domestic Dispute, who finished four lengths behind Kafwain, was promoted to second, with Coax Kid, who was another 3 1/2 lengths behind, moved up to third. Roll Hennessy Roll was fifth, and Logician trailed.

Although Toccet's number 6 flashed during the inquiry, he was not in any way involved in the incident.

Toccet, racing over a fast track that played several lengths faster than par, was timed in 1:41.26 for 1 1/16 miles. The early fractions of 23.08 seconds, :46.36, and 1:09.94 for six furlongs belonged to Roll Hennessy Roll, but Toccet was always lapped on Roll Hennessy Roll.

The victory was the third straight for Toccet -- including the Remsen Stakes at Aqueduct and the Laurel Futurity - since his ninth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, a race in which his outside post draw severely hindered his chances. He won three straight prior to that, including the Champagne Stakes at Belmont.

All told, Toccet has now won six times in eight starts, twice in Grade 1 company, while winning stakes at four different racetracks. He also became the first Eastern-based horse since Stephan's Odyssey in 1984 to win the Futurity. But he's the first to ship in directly and win. Stephan's Odyssey stuck around for the Futurity after first capturing an allowance race two weeks earlier at Hollywood Park.

"He beat everybody except for one unfortunate race in the Breeders' Cup," said Toccet's owner, Dan Borislow. "I think he deserves to be the champion this year."

Borislow picked up a first prize of $243,900. In addition, he said he bet $5,000 to win on Toccet, but cold-punched a one-way exacta of Toccet over Kafwain. "I was kind of disappointed to see Kafwain come down," Borislow said. Borislow made up for that, though, with a head-to-head bet he made with Kafwain's trainer, Bob Baffert, who chatted up Borislow in the track's director's room.

John Scanlan, Toccet's trainer, called his colt a "superstar in the making."

"He just seems to get better every week," Scanlan said.

Toccet ($5.20) was the second choice, behind Kafwain, who was 6-5. Toccet's silks were not shipped to California for the race, so jockey Jorge Chavez had to wear hunter green house silks from Hollywood Park. To add further insult, track announcer Vic Stauffer announced before the race that Toccet was a gelding, before correcting himself and saying the 2-year-old colt was a "regular Lasix user, not a regular gelding."

Borislow said Toccet would return to Maryland on Sunday, and train at Laurel during the winter.