Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Is Breeders’ Cup Prep

Written By Fairway Jay on August 14, 2021 - Last Updated on August 17, 2021
Fourstardave Handicap

Saturday’s stakes schedule at Saratoga includes another “Win and You’re In” Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race. The $500,000 Grade 1 Fourstardave Handicap is a 1-mile race on the inner turf, and a competitive field of eight is lined up for Race 10, with post time at 6:13 p.m. EST.

A good array of former and future stars and both the mares and colts are set to challenge. The winner of the Fourstardave Handicap receives a fees-paid entry to the $2 million FanDuel Mile at Del Mar on Nov. 6 for the Breeders’ Cup World Championships.

Also on the 11-race card at Saratoga on Saturday, Aug. 14, is the $200,000 Grade 2 Saratoga Special Stakes for 2-year-olds.


Fourstardave Handicap – Field and Odds

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1 – Raging Bull (9-5)

  • Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.
  • Trainer: Chad Brown

2 – Whisper Not (20-1)

  • Jockey: Jose Ortiz
  • Trainer: Richard Baltas

3 – Daddy Is a Legend (20-1)

  • Jockey: Manny Franco
  • Trainer: George Weaver

4 – Casa Creed (4-1)

  • Jockey: Junior Alvarado
  • Trainer: Bill Mott

5 – Set Piece (5-2)

  • Jockey: Florent Geroux
  • Trainer: Brad Cox

6 – Got Stormy (10-1)

  • Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
  • Trainer: Mark Casse

7 – Field Pass (8-1)

  • Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
  • Trainer: Mike Maker

8 – Blowout (8-1)

  • Jockey: Joel Rosario
  • Trainer: Chad Brown

Race Contenders and Profiles

Raging Bull is a multiple Grade 1 winner. The 6-year-old has seven wins in 19 starts, including the Grade 3 Makers Mark Mile in April, followed by a Grade 2 race and runner-up finish in June at Belmont. Horse Racing Nation considers him a very strong conviction play, and HRN’s Super Screener adds that Raging Bull has been his best in this 1-mile distance and will close strong into the pace set by trainer Chad Brown’s other contender, Blowout. Still, Raging Bull did finish fifth in this race last year.

Set Piece is coming into this race in better route form than any horse in this field, with three straight wins for trainer Brad Cox. He’s rested and has a strong work tab off his last Grade 2 win in June. Daddy Is a Legend is one of three girls racing against the boys in this Fourstardave edition, and this 5-year-old mare tied her all-time best performance on this turf course and has finished in the money in 7 of 10 starts at this 8-furlong distance (1 mile). The magnificent mare Got Stormy won the 2019 Fourstardave and was runner-up last year. She won a Grade 2 race earlier this year.

Casa Creed is better suited at less than 8 furlongs, but his trainer, Bill Mott, scratched him from an easier race to try him here, with two recent wins showing more confidence. Casa Creed finished third in this race last year. Field Pass won a Grade 3 race last month, but he’s in tougher company with this group, and he missed the board in his four previous graded stakes races over the past nine months.

Got Stormy is an 11-time winner and was the first female to win the Fourstardave in her record-setting 2019 victory. She finished second in last year’s Fourstardave and then won a pair of Grade 3 races before finishing fifth in the Breeders’ Cup. Her two recent races this year have been off form, including in May, when she finished 4 lengths behind winner Blowout at Churchill Downs going this same 1-mile distance.

Last weekend, race favorite Knicks Go won the $1 million Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga to secure a spot in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 6 at Del Mar. Will Knicks Go trainer Brad Cox get another “Win and You’re In” invitation with his colt Set Piece in the Fourstardave?

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Photo caption from Bloodhorse: Halladay winning 2020 Fourstardave Handicap

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