Fourstardave Handicap

The Fourstardave Handicap is a Grade I American Thoroughbred horse race for horses that are three years old or older over a distance of one mile on the turf course scheduled annually in August at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. The event currently carries a purse of $400,000.

Fourstardave Handicap
Grade I race
LocationSaratoga Race Course
Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Inaugurated1985 (as Daryl's Joy Stakes)
Race typeThoroughbredFlat racing
WebsiteNYRA
Race information
Distance1 mile (8 furlongs)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationThree-year-olds and older
WeightHandicap
PurseUS$400,000 (2020)
BonusesBreeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In"

HistoryEdit

The event was inaugurated on 31 July 1985, Opening Day of the Saratoga meeting for that year as the Daryl's Joy Stakes at a distance of 1+116 miles and was won by Roving Minstrel who was ridden by United States' Racing Hall of Fame jockey Ángel Cordero Jr. in a time of 1:4525.[1] The New Zealand-bred Daryl's Joy was a Two Year Champion in 1968 there, and after a successful spring campaign in Australia in 1969 winning the W.S. Cox Plate and Victoria Derby the colt was sold to the US where he won six races in eleven starts for United States' Racing Hall of Fame trainer Charles E. Whittingham.[2]

Early winners of the event won even more important events and the status of the race grew in importance. In 1988 the event was classified as Grade III.[3] The winner of the First Division of the split divisions in 1989, the British bred horse Steinlen later that year would win the Breeders' Cup Mile. In 1990 and 1991, the New York State bred Fourstardave won the race.[4]

In 1995 New York Racing Association renamed the event to The Fourstardave, 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.[5]

In 2012 the distance of the event was decreased from 1+116 miles to one mile.[3]

The event was upgraded to Grade II in 2000[4] and achieving Grade I status in 2016.[6]

The race was moved off the turf to dirt in 1992 and 2002 due to weather conditions.[3] In 2002 the grade of the event was lowered due to the change of surface as designated by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.

In the 2014 renewal, Seek Again set a Saratoga course record in the event which was broken again in 2019 by the mare Got Stormy, who is the only mare to have won the race.[7]

Several horses who have won this event became celebrated champions. The 1993 winner Lure went on to win the Breeders' Cup Mile later in the year also the 1996 winner Da Hoss went on to win the Breeders' Cup Mile later. Both horses were two-time winners of the Breeders' Cup Mile. The 2005 Brazilian bred winner Leroidesanimaux would become US Champion Male Turf Horse. Dual winner Wise Dan would become US Horse of the Year in both 2012 and 2013 the years he won of the event. The last horse to win the event and the Breeders' Cup Mile was the champion World Approval in 2017.

RecordsEdit

Speed record:

  • 1 mile: Got Stormy (2019) – 1:32.00
  • 1+116 miles: Fourstardave (1991) – 1:38.80

Most wins:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Most wins by an owner:

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer Owner Distance Time Purse Grade Ref
Fourstardave Handicap
2020 Halladay 4 Luis Saez Todd Pletcher Harrell Ventures 1 mile 1:33.32 $400,000 I [8]
2019 ƒ Got Stormy 4 Ricardo Santana Jr. Mark E. Casse Gary Barber & Southern Equine Stable 1 mile 1:32.00 $500,000 I [7]
2018 Voodoo Song 4 Jose Lezcano Linda L. Rice Barry K. Schwartz 1 mile 1:35.96 $513,750 I [9]
2017 World Approval 5 Manuel Franco Mark E. Casse Live Oak Plantation 1 mile 1:37.65 $500,000 I [10]
2016 Tourist 5 Joel Rosario William I. Mott WinStar Farm, Wachtel Stable, Gary Barber 1 mile 1:34.29 $500,000 I [11]
2015 Grand Arch 6 Luis Saez Brian A. Lynch Jim & Susan Hill 1 mile 1:34.65 $500,000 II [12]
2014 Seek Again 4 Joel Rosario William I. Mott Juddmonte Farms 1 mile 1:33.25 $500,000 II [13]
2013 Wise Dan 6 John R. Velazquez Charles LoPresti Morton Fink 1 mile 1:34.00 $500,000 II [14]
2012 Wise Dan 5 John R. Velazquez Charles LoPresti Morton Fink 1 mile 1:37.30 $500,000 II [15]
2011 Sidney's Candy 4 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher WinStar Farm & Rubio B. Stable 1+116 miles 1:43.25 $150,000 II [16]
2010 Get Stormy 4 Javier Castellano Thomas M. Bush Sullimar Stable 1+116 miles 1:39.09 $150,000 II [17]
2009 Justenuffhumor 4 Alan Garcia Kiaran P. McLaughlin Darley Stable 1+116 miles 1:42.83 $158,750 II [18]
2008 Red Giant 4 John R. Velazquez Todd A. Pletcher Peachtree Stable 1+116 miles 1:41.93 $150,000 II [19]
2007 Silver Tree 7 Kent J. Desormeaux William I. Mott Peter Vegso 1+116 miles 1:41.88 $150,000 II [20]
2006 Remarkable News (VEN) 4 Javier Castellano Angel A. Penna Jr. Holly Rincon 1+116 miles 1:40.81 $147,000 II [21]
2005 Leroidesanimaux (BRZ) 5 John R. Velazquez Robert J. Frankel Stud TNT 1+116 miles 1:39.92 $200,000 II [22]
2004 Nothing to Lose 4 John R. Velazquez Robert J. Frankel Kenneth & Sarah Ramsey 1+116 miles 1:39.50 $200,000 II [23]
2003 Trademark (SAF) 7 Richard Migliore Kiaran P. McLaughlin Darley Stable 1+116 miles 1:39.29 $200,000 II [24]
2002 Capsized 6 José A. Santos Lisa L. Lewis Gold Spur Stable & Stonerside Stable 1+18 miles 1:50.90 $200,000 III Off turf[25]
2001 Dr. Kashnikow 4 John R. Velazquez John C. Kimmel Erdenheim Farm 1+116 miles 1:39.30 $200,000 II [26]
2000 Hap 4 Jerry D. Bailey William I. Mott Edward White & Michael Paulson 1+116 miles 1:40.24 $200,000 II [27]
1999 Comic Strip 4 Pat Day Neil J. Howard William S. Farish III, G. Watts Humphrey Jr. & James Elkins 1+116 miles 1:41.76 $150,000 III [28]
1998 Wild Event 5 Mark Guidry Louis M. Goldfine Arthur I. Appleton 1+116 miles 1:39.25 $114,900 III [29]
Fourstardave Stakes
1997 Soviet Line (IRE) 7 Pat Day Kiaran P. McLaughlin Shiek Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum 1+116 miles 1:39.99 $112,500 III [30]
1996 Da Hoss 4 John R. Velazquez Michael W. Dickinson Prestonwood Farm 1+116 miles 1:40.54 $118,500 III [31]
Daryl's Joy Stakes
1995 Pride of Summer 7 Eddie Maple Anthony J. Bizelia TOC Stable, et al. 1+116 miles 1:40.85 $115,400 III [32]
Daryl's Joy Handicap
1994 § A in Sociology 4 Jean-Luc Samyn Philip G. Johnson Barbara Ronca 1+116 miles 1:41.23 $115,400 III [33]
Daryl's Joy Stakes
1993 Lure 4 Mike E. Smith Claude R. McGaughey III Claiborne Farm 1+116 miles 1:40.84 $120,200 III [34]
1992 Now Listen 5 John R. Velazquez Robert J. Frankel Juddmonte Farms 1 mile 1:36.64 $119,400 III Off turf[35]
1991 Fourstardave 6 Mike E. Smith Leo O'Brien Richard Bomze & Bernard Connaughton 1+116 miles 1:38.80 $119,400 III [36]
1990 Fourstardave 5 Mike E. Smith Leo O'Brien Richard Bomze & Bernard Connaughton 1+116 miles 1:41.20 $95,250 III [37]
1989 Steinlen (GB) 5 Ángel Cordero Jr. D. Wayne Lukas George E. Rowand 1+116 miles 1:41.00 $89,925 III Division 1[38]
Highland Springs 6 Edgar S. Prado Barclay Tagg Wildenstein Stable 1:41.60 $89,925 Division 2[39]
1988 San's the Shadow 4 Ángel Cordero Jr. Timothy A. Hills Frances A. Genter 1+116 miles 1:40.00 $93,900 III [40]
1987 Persian Mews (IRE) 4 José A. Santos Thomas J. Skiffington Fernwood Stable 1+116 miles 1:42.00 $85,200 Division 1[41]
Duluth 5 Jean Cruguet Flint S. Schulhofer Frances A. Genter 1:42.80 $85,200 Division 2[42]
1986 Mourjane (IRE) 6 José A. Santos Thomas J. Skiffington Fernwood Stable 1+116 miles 1:42.80 $56,600 [43]
1985 Roving Minstrel 4 Ángel Cordero Jr. Larry A. Kelly Craig F. Cullinan Jr. 1+116 miles 1:45.40 $56,100 [1]

Legend:
  Dirt   Turf
Notes:
§ Ran as an entry
ƒ Filly or Mare

See alsoEdit

List of American and Canadian Graded races

ReferencesEdit

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