Saratoga's Fourth Week of Stakes Taking Shape

Saratoga's Fourth Week of Stakes Taking Shape
Photo: Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire

The fields are shaping up for an exciting fourth week of racing for the summer Saratoga meet, highlighted by Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at one mile on the turf on Saturday, August 13.

The Fourstardave cast is comprised of multiple graded stakes winner Force the Pass, who won the 2015 Grade 1 Belmont Derby Invitational; Grand Arch, winner of the 2015 Fourstardave for trainer Brian Lynch; A Lot, the third-place finisher in the Grade 3 Jaipur Invitational; King Kreesa, winner of the 2015 Grade 3 Poker; Ring Weekend, trainer Graham Motion's Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile winner, and Tourist, Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott's 5-year-old who finished second in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile last out. Reporting Star is also possible.


Wednesday's action will be highlighted by the $100,000 Tale Of The Cat over six furlongs on the main track, where Hall of Famer Bob Baffert's Jimbo Fallon is expected to make his stakes debut. Also targeting the race are Chief LionDads CapsGreen GrattoLewys Vaporizer and The Truth Or Else. A pair of entries for trainer Ian Wilkes - Gorgeous Bird and Viva Majorca - are likely as well. Ready For Rye and Stallwalkin' Dude are possible.


Saturday's graded stakes action will kick off with the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack for 2-year-old fillies over 6 ½ furlongs. Probable starters are Dial Me,Ever So Clever, Kathleen ElizabethLibby's TailNonna MelaSilvertoniSouthernperfection.


Sunday's live racing program will feature the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special. Trainer Todd Pletcher's Sonic Mule will make his graded stakes debut after breaking his maiden last out; trainer Steve Asmussen's Tip Tap Tapizar is coming off a third-place finish in his stakes debut in the Grade 3 Bashford Manor. Gunnevera and Recruiting Ready are set to round out the field for the 6 ½-furlong race on the main track for 2-year-olds. Get Lit N Get Wild is also possible.

Monday's $100,000 Saratoga Dew is slated to start CarameawayDaisy CutterJC's Shooting StarJules N RomeLegally Bay and Perfect FreudLightning Lilly is a possibility.

Source: NYRA Communications

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