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Toy continues to add exciting chapters to his story. The blaze-faced 3-year-old chestnut gelding was unfazed by the challenges he faced early in the 1-mile allowance on Sunday, May 31 at Laurel Park, finding an open lane late, turning on the afterburners and recording his second win in a row.

Repeatedly blocked as he headed into Laurel’s far turn, Toy was making a winning move in the stretch when shut off in tight quarters near the three-sixteenths pole, found room when shifted to the outside of the leaders and lengthened his stride to sweep by for a length and a quarter win. The field of 11 included three stakes performers, and his time of 1:36.14 was the fastest by more than a second of the four races contested at the distance on the card.

Trained by Mike Trombetta, Toy dazzled with a six-length maiden victory in late February, then had to wait to take the next step once COVID-19 forced Laurel’s shutdown. He proved he was more than ready on Laurel’s first weekend back, increasing his earnings to $89,790. He’s been first or second in all four of his sophomore starts.

A third-generation Dark Hollow Farm homebred, Toy is out of Plum (by Pure Prize), the Maryland-bred champion 2-year-old filly of 2011. Plum won three of four starts at 2, including the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship Stakes. Toy’s second dam, multiple stakes-placed Not For Love mare Bamba, produced seven winners from seven starters, including Maryland Million Classic runnerup, course record setter and seven-time winner of $304,641 Southside Warrior.

Plum is the dam of two offspring to sell for six-figures at auction: the 2016 Bodemeister colt Classic Romeo, a $125,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Yearling and $300,000 Midlantic May sale 2-year-old; and her current 2-year-old Upstart filly who brought $120,000 at last fall’s Midlantic Yearling sale. Toy was offered twice at auction – he was a $27,000 RNA as a yearling, and failed to sell for $45,000 at the Midlantic May 2-year-old sale.

Plum is also the dam of a Bodemeister yearling colt and delivered a Twirling Candy colt on May 28. She is being bred back to Unified, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Candy Ride (Arg).