Saratoga Race Course
The rain is expected to return today to Saratoga Springs making handicapping a challenge on the already wet ground at the Spa. The $150,000 Grade II Fourstardave for three year olds and up over the Mellon turf course and the $300,000 Grade I Go For Wand for fillies and mares three years old and up over the main track are the co-features on today's ten race card.
Horses To Watch in the Fourstardave
Won the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap in February before throwing in a clunker in the Dubai Duty Free. Faded to 4th in the Poker at Belmont in his first race back from Dubai in June. Should be sitting just behind the pace today and the guess is this champion will be ready to roll today. Cornelio Velasquez rides for Richard Dutrow.
Won the Strub at Santa Anita in February before running into Einstein and Geo Ponti in last three. He gave Einstein all he could handle losing by a head in the Churchill Turf Classic two back on a course rated as good. Ramon Dominguez subs for Johnny V in the saddle for Todd Pletcher.
Trying for his fifth win in a row but this is his stakes debut. He has been in top allowance company in his last three but hasn't seen the likes of the top two in this race. Alan Garcia aboard for Kiaran McLaughlin.
Won Belmont's Fort Marcy in May over a course rated as good and finished 5th after a bad break in the Manhattan in June. Ran third in the Arlington Handicap in last but returns to a more favorable distance for him today. The dangerous on turf Julien Leparoux takes the mount for Phil Serpe.
Horses to Watch in the Go For Wand
Godolphin Entry - Seventh Street and Cocoa Beach
Seventh Street has been sharp this year winning the Apple Blossom at Oaklawn in the spring and finishing second to Seattle Smooth in the Grade I Phipps at Belmont in June. Rajiv Maragh rides for Saeed bin Suroor.
Cocoa Beach is in only her second start of the year but beat Ginger Punch in the Beldame and gave Zenyatta all she could handle in the BC Ladies Classic last fall. Looks like she needed the race in a dull effort in Belmont's Floral Park this spring. Certainly the one to beat. Ramon Dominguez rides for Saeed bin Suroor.
Going for her third win in a row after two straight 100+ Beyers in a pair of Churchill grade II's over off tracks. She is 2 for 3 at the distance but hasn't seen the likes of Cocoa Beach. Julien Leparoux subs for Calvin Borel in the saddle for Ian Wilkes.