Laurel-based Toccet, racing for the first time since December, cruised to victory by three-quarters of a length in the $35,300 Widener Stakes yesterday at Philadelphia Park.
Ridden by Jorge Chavez, Toccet completed the 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 45.20 seconds as the 1-10 favorite. He paid $2.20 to win.
One of last year's top 2-year-olds, Toccet was sidelined eight months with leg injuries. Next on his schedule is the $750,000 Pennsylvania Derby on Sept. 1. Also aiming for that race is Bobby Frankel-trained Peace Rules, winner of the Haskell Invitational Handicap, Blue Grass Stakes and Louisiana Derby.
"I think we'll demolish Peace Rules," Toccet's boastful owner, Dan Borislow, told Steve Haskin of The Blood-Horse magazine. "Empire Maker is the horse we're looking for. I'll bet any amount Frankel and his crew want to put up on Peace Rules; I'll bet the purse."