2022 Fourstardave Stakes Betting Odds and Contenders Preview
Turf milers take center stage for the 2022 Fourstardave Stakes (G2) on August 13 at Saratoga. Open to three-year-olds and up, this $500,000 race drew a select field of five. The prizes not only include that lucrative purse: the winner also receives an automatic berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1) at Keeneland.
The field includes a pair of Grade 1 winners. Casa Creed has won the last two editions of the Jaipur (G1), and though that is a six-furlong sprint he has also been successful at the one-mile trip. Six-year-old Regal Glory, a winner of four straight races including the Jenny Wiley (G1) and Just a Game (G1), prepares to face males for the first time.
Keep reading to get to know the whole Fourstardave field, and learn how to watch and bet on the race online!
Fourstardave Stakes 2022 Information
Race Date: Saturday, August 13, 2022
Track: Saratoga Race Course
Post Time: 6:13 p.m. Eastern time
Distance: 1 mile on turf
Age/Sex: 3-year-old and up
Where to Watch: TVG.com
Where to Bet: TVG.com and FanDuel Racing
Fourstardave Stakes Odds
Saratoga drew the field for the 2022 Fourstardave Stakes on Wednesday, August 11, and assigned the morning line the next day. The morning line tends to be a good preview of the betting action, though the live odds will change all the way until post time since they are based on the money that is actually bet on the horses.
This is the 2022 Fourstardave field in post-position order including morning-line odds, trainers, and jockeys for each horse.
|Front Run the Fed
|Irad Ortiz, Jr.
Keep your eye on TVG.com for the latest news and odds for contenders in the Fourstardave. Watching them move close to post time is smart because you can decide whether you will actually get the right odds on your horse, based on their chances to win.
Watching the tote board can also provide some betting clues. If a horse you expect to be a long shot is taking a lot of money, you can ask yourself why, and see if there was something good that the morning line maker or other members of the betting public missed. On the other hand, if a horse expected to take money is a longer price than you expect, that means they are “cold” on the board and perhaps there are some legitimate questions about how well the horse will perform. It is up to you to gather and interpret the board and the related analysis—that is one of the challenges that makes betting horses rewarding! But, those clues can help you figure things out and make a smarter wager.
Fourstardave Stakes Prep Results
Since Saratoga is a premier summer meet, horses typically prepare in a broad range of races at several different tracks. Horses will prepare in races at a range of distances as well, from sprint distances to races even slightly over a mile. There is a local prep, the Forbidden Apple (G3) on opening weekend at Saratoga. However, in 2022, only one horse comes in from the local prep: Get Smokin finished fourth behind City Man in the Forbidden Apple, flattening late to cross the wire 3 ¼ lengths behind City Man.
Three of the other four runners last raced at Belmont Park. Casa Creed follows the same path he did last year when finishing third in the Fourstardave: he was last seen winning the Jaipur, a turf sprint June 11 at Belmont Park. Regal Glory was also last seen in top-level company; she won the Just a Game by 3 ½ lengths on June 11 at Belmont, a race in which next-out Diana (G1) winner In Italian ran third. Masen raced a week later at Belmont, in the June 18 Poker (G3). Sent off at odds-on, he had some trouble but nonetheless won by 1 ¼ lengths over Wolfie’s Dynaghost.
The only horse in the Fourstardave who did not last race in New York is Front Run the Fed. He made his first start since October in the Van Clief Stakes at Colonial on July 18. He got up to prevail by a head.
Fourstardave Stakes Contenders
Casa Creed: This Bill Mott charge is a two-time Grade 1 winner in the Jaipur, a six-furlong sprint. However, he has shown quality going the mile at Saratoga: he won the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame (G2) three years ago and was third to Got Stomy in the Fourstardave last year. He usually sits midpack or further back, but showed a tactical enough gear when second in the Tropical Turf (G3) last year to suggest he can be a bit tactical if he has to be.
Front Run the Fed: Off for nine months before his last start, this six-year-old trained by Caio Caramori picked up exactly where he left off when winning a minor stakes at Colonial last month. He has yet to win at this level, though he was a respectable enough sixth (beaten only 2 ¾ lengths) in the Keeneland Turf Mile (G1) last year. His name is a bit ironic: more than anyone, he needs a sharp pace to close into, something he is unlikely to get in this short field.
Regal Glory: Though this mare faces males for the first time, she should fit extremely well. She is 7-for-12 at the flat mile, and two of her four consecutive wins leading into this race have been G1 wins at a mile. She also loves Saratoga lawn, as she is perfect in three starts over the course. Regal Glory has the tactical speed to carve out a trip, and if she can replicate her races against fillies against males, she is the fastest horse. The biggest question is that the Fourstardave is one of the few major turf prizes her trainer Chad Brown has yet to take.
Masen: Chad Brown has two chances to win his first Fourstardave, and Masen is his other one. Nosed out in the Makers Mark Mile (G1) in his first American start, a drop in class for his next two has led to an ungraded stakes win and a G3 victory, both going the mile at Belmont. He has never been worse than second at a mile, he has good tactical speed, and he reunites with Flavien Prat for this. He will have to be on his best to win this race, but his running style and his affinity for the mile put him in with a shot.
Get Smokin: This Mark Casse trainee tried to sit off the pace, something he has been able to do sometimes, last out in the Forbidden Apple. He flattened for fourth that day. However, he should be able to get his best trip in this race: send from the outside, make the top, and play catch-me-if-you-can. His speed figures suggest that he needs to be on his best, and possibly catch his foes on off days. However, Casse has won three of the last five editions of this race, making it hard to count a pace-advantaged horse from his barn completely out.
Fourstardave Stakes Past Winners Past Performances
No single race usually produces a Fourstardave winner, though there are a few races that show up often in recent memory. Also, unlike many top-level races, several Fourstardave winners ran off the board in their most recent start, suggesting that there is some room for a surprise.
Unsurprisingly, local preps at Saratoga do well. Halladay (2020) prepared with a fourth in the Bernard Baruch (G2); the race is now in September but used to be earlier in the meet. In her first Fourstardave win, Got Stormy (2019, 2021) won the De La Rose in her last start. Voodoo Song (2018) won the Forbidden Apple in his start before winning the Fourstardave, and Grand Arch (2015) won the race off of a fifth-place finish in the Forbidden Apple.
At Belmont, the Manhattan (G1) and the Jaipur have also produced recent Fourstardave winners. World Approval (2017) won off of a fifth-place finish in the Manhattan, and Seek Again (2014) had last finished third in that race. Last year, Got Stormy came in from a fifth-place run in the Jaipur.
A few races outside of New York have also produced Fourstardave winners. Tourist (2016) ran second in the Shoemaker Mile (G1) at Santa Anita before coming to the Spa, and Wise Dan (2012, 2013) came from two different races at Churchill Downs: a second in the Stephen Foster (G2) on dirt, and then a win in the Firecracker (G2) on turf.
Fourstardave Stakes Undercard
The Fourstardave is the 10th of Saratoga’s 11 races on Saturday. It is one of two graded events on the card, which also features the Saratoga Special (G2) for promising two-year-old runners. The card also features a pair of well-subscribed maiden special weight races full of impeccably-bred juveniles. With a full day of top-class racing, it should be an excellent betting card, so be sure to tune in and play the races on TVG or FanDuel!
Saratoga Race Course
Based in Saratoga Springs, New York, Saratoga Race Course is the oldest organized sporting venue of any kind in the United States. John Hunter, who became the first chairman of The Jockey Club, and William R. Travers built the horse racing track in 1864.
Saratoga has two popular nicknames—The Spa, named for the nearby mineral springs, and the Graveyard of Favorites, named for the historic upsets recorded there in years past. Perhaps most notable is Man o' War’s only defeat in 21 starts, Secretariat’s loss to Onion after winning the Triple Crown, and Rachel Alexandra losing there in her four-year-old season.
There are three separate horse racing tracks at Saratoga: a main dirt track; an outer turf track known as the Mellon Turf Course, and an inner turf horse racing track. The main dirt track has a 1 1/8 mile circumference, the Mellon Turf Course is a 1-mile turf track and the inner turf track is 7 furlongs. Additionally, there is the Oklahoma Track, used for morning training.
Fourstardave Stakes FAQ
Q: When is the Fourstardave Stakes?
A: Saturday, August 13, 2022, at 6:13 p.m. Eastern time.
Q: Where is the Fourstardave Stakes?
A: The race happens at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Q: Which trainer has the most wins in the Fourstardave Stakes?
A: Trainer Bill Mott has the most wins in this race, with four: Hap (2000), Silver Tree (2007), Seek Again (2014), and Tourist (2016). Mott runs Casa Creed in the 2022 edition. Mark Casse, who will attempt to tie Mott’s record this year, sends out Get Smokin.
Q: Who is the favorite for the Fourstardave Stakes?
A: Regal Glory is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the 2022 Fourstardave Stakes. Based on her recent form, she is likely to go off a defined favorite in the race. Masen is 2-1 on the morning line and Casa Creed is 5-2; neither of these horses would be a surprising second choice in the actual wagering.
Q: Who is the best Fourstardave Stakes jockey?
A: Jockey John Velazquez has won an astounding nine editions of this race. His first came with Now Listen in an off-turf 1992 edition; his most recent came in 2013 with the great Wise Dan. Velazquez does not have a mount in the race this year. Among jockeys with a call in the 2022 Fourstardave, there are two who have won the race twice. Javier Castellano won with Remarkable News (2006) and Get Stormy (2010 — not to be confused with his daughter Got Stormy, who won in 2019 and 2021!). Luis Saez won with Grand Arch (2015) and Halladay (2020).
Q: Who won the Fourstardave Stakes in 2021?
A: The mare Got Stormy, for trainer Mark Casse and jockey Tyler Gaffalione, won the Fourstardave in 2021. Gaffalione is not riding this year, but Casse trains long shot Get Smokin.