The Fourstardave Handicap has become a Battle of the Sexes as the mare Got Stormy recently used this race as her personal playground. Regal Glory tries to follow in her footsteps in Saturday’s edition of the prestigious Grade I race at Saratoga. The 6-year-old mare rides a four-race win streak into the one-mile turf test, and is charged with carrying the distaff flag after Got Stormy won the Fourstardave in 2021 and 2019, and was second in 2020. Regal Glory and Chad Brown stablemate Masen are favored in the horse racing odds at 6-5 and 2-1.
- Race: Fourstardave Handicap
- Location: Saratoga
- Day/Post Time: Saturday, Aug 13, 6:13 ET (Race 10)
- Fourstardave Handicap Live Stream: Fox Sports 1
Brown Stablemates: He’s Going For Speed, She’s All Alone
Regal Glory (post 3, Jose Ortiz) owns three Grade I wins during her streak, including the Just A Game at Belmont on June 11. Regal Glory is 12-for-19 lifetime and 7-for-12 at the distance, and 3-for-3 at Saratoga.
“She’s certainly among the handful of top horses in the country,” Brown told Bloodhorse. “It’s encouraging to see that a filly has won this race in the past and she’s talented enough to win as well.”
Regal Glory, a daughter of Animal Kingdom, is a versatile sort but is likely to come off the pace in this race. She was 10 lengths behind in the Just A Game before prevailing in 1:32, two seconds faster than Masen ran in winning the Poker over the same course on June 18. The early fractions of 22⅕ and 45⅖ had a lot to do with the 1:32.
It is unlikely the pace will be anywhere near that hot in the Fourstardave, so expect her to be sitting third, but much closer. Regal Glory carries 119 pounds, four fewer than highweight Masen.
Masen (post 4, Flavien Prat) has won two straight races, both at one mile, after an eventful trip in the Poker.
Prat had to hit the brakes pretty hard with the 4-year-old about a furlong into the Poker. Masen returned to a smooth running stride soon after and went on to a workmanlike victory while never more than 1½ lengths from the lead.
Masen and Prat should fall into a stalking trip behind presumed pacesetter Get Smokin (8-1, post five Javier Castellano). Masen should be able to get past Get Smokin, but holding off his stablemate could prove daunting.
Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott has won a record four Fourstardaves, and has a big chance with Casa Creed (5-2, post 1, Luis Saez).
Casa Creed was third in the 2021 Fourstardave at 6-1. The 6-year-old should save all the ground from the rail, but needs a fast pace for his powerful late kick to work. Casa Creed is second highweight at 122 pounds.
Castellano will try to steal it on the front end with Get Smokin. The 5-year-old used his early speed to win stakes races in 2020 and 2021, but not against the likes of these. … Front Run the Fed (10-1, post 2, Irad Ortiz Jr.) rounds out the field.
The 6-year-old won a listed stake sprinting at Colonial Downs in his season debut on July 18. He has knocked heads with some heavy hitters over the years, but doesn’t appear up to these. Front Run the Fed was third in the 2021 Poker, 1¾ lengths ahead of Get Smokin. … Check the racebook in the minutes prior to the Fourstardave for win odds and exacta probables..
Saratoga 2-Year-Old Stakes Race Could Be Something Special
The Grade II Saratoga Special at 6½ furlongs features five 2-year-olds, and trainers with dreams of running in the 2023 Kentucky Derby.
Among those is Gulfport, the 4-5 favorite conditioned by Steve Asmussen. The Uncle Mo colt is 2-for-2 by a combined 19 lengths. He won the six-furlong Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs on July 4 by 12 in wire-to-wire fashion, running the opening quarter in a blistering 21⅗ seconds.
Joel Rosario, who has already won an eye-popping 10 graded stakes at this Saratoga meet, rides.
The biggest challenge could come from Damon’s Mound, who broke his maiden by 12 lengths at Churchill Downs on July 2. Damon’s Mound (7-5), trained by Michelle Lovell and ridden by Gabriel Saez, leaves from post 2 and could complete a tiny exacta when betting online.
The rest of the field consists of Super Chow (8-1, post 1, Luis Saez), Valenzan Day (12-1, post 3, Trevor McCarthy) and Owen’s Leap (8-1, post 5, Irad Ortiz), who was second to Gulfport in the Bashford Manor. All horses carry 120 pounds in the Saratoga Special (Race 4, 2:47 p.m. ET, FS1). The Saezes are cousins.