Fourstardave Handicap Handicapping Picks
Horse racing gamblers are you looking for 2021 Fourstardave Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping Odds…plus some predictions? Need some advice on who to take? The 2021 Fourstardave Handicap is set for August 14 at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York. Here’s a preview of our top contenders.
Fourstardave Handicap Preview and Prediction
- Race: Fourstardave Handicap
- Purse: $500,000
- Track: Saratoga Race Course
- Date: August 14
- Post Time: 6:13 PM (ET)
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2021 Fourstardave Handicap Handicapping
Named for thoroughbred Fourstardave, who gained the nickname ‘The Sultan of Saratoga’ because he won at least one race at The Spa every year between 1987 and 1994, the Fourstardave Handicap is open to horses age three and older. It’s run at a flat mile on the Saratoga turf.
With added importance as a ‘Win and You’re In’ event for the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Mile, this year’s race has drawn an international field of eight, including a past winner who holds the race record time.
Odds listed here are provided by Bovada’s racebook.
2021 Fourstardave Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping: Raging Bull Race Odds: 9-4
Making his third consecutive start in the Fourstardave, French-bred Raging Bull was second in 2019 and fifth last year. Now he’s been installed as the slight favourite in the pre-race odds.
He comes into this off a close-up second in the (G3) Poker Stakes where he tracked the early pace and then was just beaten by a neck in the stretch drive. He opened 2020 with a very good two-length win in the (G1) Maker’s Mark Mile.
Both trainer Chad Brown and jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. go for their first race win.
2021 Fourstardave Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping: Set Piece Race Odds: 11-4
The UK-bred Set Piece comes into this race riding a hot hand as the winner of his last three, all of those racing at Churchill Downs.
The most recent of those might also have been his best, as he rallied in the stretch run to get up and win the (G2) Wise Dan Stakes by a half-length, just missing the 1 1/16 miles race record by a half second. He’s won three of five this year, and nine of 16 in his career overall.
The trainer is Brad Cox, Florent Geroux gets the call to ride.
2021 Fourstardave Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping: Casa Creed Race Odds: 5-1
Another one coming into the race on a win streak, Casa Creed has take his last two starts, coming six wide racing six-furlongs on the Belmont turf last out to win the (G1) Jaipur Stakes.
Prior to that he won the Elusive Quality Stakes, also at Belmont but run at seven furlongs. The mile distance here would seem to suit and he was third in this race last year, two spots ahead of Raging Bull.
Trainer Bill Mott and jockey Joel Rosario teamed up to win the Fourstardave in 2014.
2021 Fourstardave Handicap Free Pick & Handicapping: Got Stormy Race Odds: 8-1
One of three mares in the race, Got Stormy was the 2019 race winner, getting to the front and then holding off Raging Bull by more than two lengths and setting the race time record. She followed that up by running second last year.
While she’s been a bit off form so far in 2020, running fifth in her last two after opening the year with a win in the (G3) Honey Fox Stakes, she seems to love the Saratoga grass where she has two wins and a second in three career starts.
Trainer Mark Casse is a two-time race winner, Tyler Gaffalione is tapped to ride.
Here’s My 2021 Fourstardave Handicap Free Pick.
Although he probably gets the edge on back class, I don’t think Raging Bull is a lock here at low odds. Despite the fact he’s put more than $1.5 million in the bank, historically he’s also a horse that can go a long time between wins and burns a lot of betting money.
I’m going to look at another Euro-bred and take Set Piece for the win. Although he has run five times already this year, he comes into this race off a six week layoff and should be fresh and has put in some excellent works on the Saratoga training turf and should be primed for a big effort.
Full Field: Fourstardave Handicap Odds
(By post position)
- #1 – Raging Bull 9-4
- #2 – Whisper Not 20-1
- #3 – Daddy Is A Legend 14-1
- #4 – Casa Creed 5-1
- #5 – Set Piece 11-4
- #6 – Got Stormy 8-1
- #7 – Field Pass 14-1
- #8 – Blow Out 11-2
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