Fourstardave Handicap

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Fourstardave Handicap
Grade I race
Location Saratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated 1985
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website www.nyra.com/index saratoga
Race information
Distance 1 mile (8 furlongs)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Three-year-olds & up
Weight Assigned
Purse $500,000 (since 2012)[1]

The Fourstardave Handicap is an American Thoroughbred horse race run annually at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. With a purse of $500,000, the Fourstardave is open to horses, age three and up, willing to race one mile on the turf. It achieved Grade I status in 2016.[2]

History[edit]

The Fourstardave is named for the horse who was nicknamed "The Sultan of Saratoga" because he won at least one race at the Saratoga track each year from 1987 to 1994. Fourstardave died of a heart attack in October 2002 at the age of 17 and is buried in Clare Court at Saratoga Race Course. This is a rare honor since only three horses are buried there.[3]

Before 1996, the race was run as the Daryl's Joy Handicap. In 1990 and 1991, Fourstardave won the race when it was still called the Daryl's Joy.

The race has been run at the following distances:[1]

  • 1 mile: 1992, 2012 to present
  • 1 116 miles: 1985-1991, 1993-2001, 2003-2011
  • 1 18 miles: 2002

The race was moved from turf to dirt in 1992 and 2002 due to weather conditions.[1]

In the 2014 renewal, Seek Again set a Saratoga course record in the Fourstardave.

Records[edit]

Speed record:

  • At current distance of 1 mile: Seek Again (2014) - 1:33.25
  • At 1 116 miles: Fourstardave (1991) - 1:38 4/5

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

  • 9 - John R. Velazquez (1992, 1996, 2001, 2004-5, 2008, 2011-3)

Most wins by a trainer:

  • 4 - William I. Mott (2000, 2007, 2014, 2016)

Winners[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Jockey
Trainer
Time Grade
2016 Tourist 5 Joel Rosario William I. Mott 1:34.29 I
2015 Grand Arch 6 Luis Saez Brian Lynch 1:34.65 II
2014 Seek Again 4 Joel Rosario William I. Mott 1:33.25 II
2013 Wise Dan 6 John Velazquez Charles LoPresti 1:34.00 II
2012 Wise Dan 5 John Velazquez Charles LoPresti 1:37.30 II
2011 Sidney's Candy 4 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 1:43.25 II
2010 Get Stormy 4 Javier Castellano Thomas Bush 1:39.09 II
2009 Justenuffhumor 4 Alan Garcia Kiaran McLaughlin 1:42.83 II
2008 Red Giant 4 John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 1:41.93 II
2007 Silver Tree 7 Kent Desormeaux William I. Mott 1:41.88 II
2006 Remarkable News (Ven) 4 Javier Castellano Angel Penna Jr. 1:40.81 II
2005 Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) 5 John Velazquez Robert J. Frankel 1:39.92 II
2004 Nothing to Lose 4 John Velazquez Robert J. Frankel 1:39.50 II
2003 Trademark (SAF) 7 Richard Migliore Kiaran McLaughlin 1:39.29 II
2002 Capsized 6 Jose Santos Lisa Lewis 1:50.90 III†
2001 Dr. Kashnikow 4 John Velazquez John Kimmel 1:39.30 II
2000 Hap 4 Jerry Bailey William I. Mott 1:40.24 II
1999 Comic Strip 4 Pat Day Neil Howard 1:41.76 III
1998 Wild Events 5 Mark Guidry Louis Goldfine 1:39.25 III
1997 Soviet Line (IRE) 7 Pat Day Kiaran McLaughlin 1:39.99 III
1996 Da Hoss 4 John Velazquez Michael W. Dickinson 1:40.54 III
1995 Pride of Summer 7 Eddie Maple Anthony Bizelia 1:40.85 III
1994 A in Sociology 4 Jean-Luc Samyn Philip Johnson 1:41.23 III
1993 Lure 4 Mike E. Smith Shug McGaughey 1:40.84 III
1992 Now Listen 5 John Velazquez Robert J. Frankel 1:36.64 III
1991 Fourstardave 6 Mike E. Smith Leo O'Brien 1:38 4/5 III
1990 Fourstardave 5 Mike E. Smith Leo O'Brien 1:41 1/5 III
1989 Steinlen 6 Angel Cordero, Jr. Barclay Tagg 1:41 III
1989 Highland Springs 5 Edgar Prado D. Wayne Lukas 1:41 3/5 III
1988 San's the Shadow 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Timothy Hills 1:40 III
1987 Persian Mews 4 Jose Santos Thomas Skiffington 1:42 ungraded
1987 Duluth 5 Jean Cruguet Flint Schulhofer 1:41 1/5 ungraded
1986 Mourjane 6 Jose Santos Thomas Skiffington 1:42 4/5 ungraded
1985 Roving Minstrel 4 Angel Cordero, Jr. Larry Kelly 1:45 2/5 ungraded

† Downgraded to Grade III when switched from turf to dirt.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Fourstardave Statistics". www.equibase.com. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "TOBA Announces U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes". bloodhorse.com. 4 December 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Fourstardave Remembered". www.horse-races.net. Retrieved 22 August 2016.