Review of Fourstardave Handicap, Grade I, at Saratoga on August 11

Race 8. Fourstardave Handicap, Grade I. For three-year-old and up at 1 mile on turf. Purse $500,000.

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Weekend Holiday Luis Saez Philip Serpe 3/5
2 Delta Prince Javier Castellano James Jerkens 4/1
3 Divisidero Jevian Toledo Kelly Rubley 8/1
4 Made You Look Luis Saez Chad Brown 4/1
5 Heart to Heart Julien Leparoux Brian Lynch 2/1
6 Voodoo Song Jose Lezcano Linda Rice 9/2
7 Yoshida Manuel Franco Bill Mott 3/1

 

The Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga drew an outstanding field of turf runners with three Grade I winners and three others who have been on the board in Grade I events.

Heart to Heart, Divisidero, and Yoshida are all Grade I winners, with Heart to Heart having done so twice at the Fourstardave distance of a mile. Delta Prince, Voodoo Song, and Made You Look have recorded wins at the distance.

Delta Prince came off a near 10-month layoff to win the Grade II King Edward Stakes at Woodbine. He is 4 for 5 at a mile, with a half-length loss in the Grade III Appleton in April 2017.Last year, in the Grade 2 Bernard Baruch run over a yielding turf, he was beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Heart to Heart.

Heart to Heart, a 13-time stakes winner who is just shy of $2 million in earnings, should be the favorite in the Fourstardave. After a seventh-place finish in the Grade II Fort Lauderdale to begin his 7-year-old season, he won the Gulfstream Park Turf and the Maker’s 46 Mile – both Grade 1 stakes – before getting beat a neck by Hunt in the Grade I Shoemaker Mile at Santa Anita. Heart to Heart should be stalking Voodoo Song early in the Fourstardave.

Voodoo Song, who went 4 for 4 at Saratoga last summer, is coming off a victory in the Forbidden Apple Stakes at Belmont, where he ran a mile in 1:31.67. Will likely try to take this field gate to wire.

Yoshida is a two-time Grade I winner at 1 1/8 miles. He is coming off a 1 1/4-length loss when fifth in the Group I Queen Anne at Royal Ascot in June.

Divisidero, also a two-time Grade I winner at 1 1/8 miles, is coming off a half-length victory in the Grade III Arlington Handicap at 1 3/16 miles.

Made You Look was second in the Grade III Poker to Oscar Performance.

Weekend Hideaway has been entered in the Fourstardave as an also-eligible and will only run if the race comes off the turf.  Weekend Hideaway won the John Morrissey Stakes at Saratoga on July 26th. He likes to be near or on the lead.

Our Top Three Picks: On turf.

  • Heart to Heart
  • Delta Prince
  • Voodoo Song

 

 

 

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