Chances of the Laurel-based Toccet representing Maryland in the Kentucky Derby, already slim, diminished further yesterday with the confirmation of a bruise on the colt's right front foot.
Toccet's owner, Dan Borislow, flew to Maryland early yesterday from his home in Florida and brought noted veterinarian Steve Allday with him. Allday examined Toccet in his stall at Laurel. Borislow said later that the bruise has forced Toccet out of training for a few days.
"Making the Derby's going to be tough," Borislow said. "But we're hoping like hell we can represent Maryland in the Preakness."
After emerging last year as one of the country's top three 2-year-olds, Toccet has not yet competed at 3. He was forced to the sidelines by what Borislow called "remodeling of the ankles." That resulted in ankle soreness, Borislow said, and an interruption in training.
Toccet returned to training last week only to bruise his foot. Borislow said the bruise is not related to the ankle problem.
"He's over that," Borislow said. The plan was for Toccet to run in the Private Terms Stakes on March 29 at Laurel Park and the Wood Memorial Stakes on April 12 at Aqueduct. Making the Private Terms now will be "difficult," Borislow said.