The Grade I, $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap is the feature race at Saratoga this Saturday. A field of six (excluding the MTO) will line up for the one-mile turf test at approximately 6:28 p.m. EST. The Fourstardave is the 10th of 11 races on the day. As always, feel free to check out FanXT’s Daily Fantasy Jockey game!
#6 DISCO PARTNER (2-1) is likely to be favored in the Fourstardave despite having never raced in a Grade I before. He’s developed into a special horse for Cristophe Clement at age five, starting the year three-for-three. However, only one of those starts was a route; the listed Forbidden Apple Stakes. DISCO PARTNER will also be without Irad Ortiz Jr., who has out-of-town commitments in Arlington, IL. Tyler Gaffalione has the call, and while hasn’t ridden much at Saratoga, he’s been turning heads at Gulfstream this year. DISCO PARTNER also has limited experience at Saratoga but won in just his second try over the course last year (the 5 1/2-furlong Troy Stakes). Despite the class hike, DISCO PARTNER should handle this field, as he has the superior speed figures. Look for him to work out an advantageous stalking trip.
#5 SASSY LITTLE LILA (6-1) takes on the boys for the first time in her career. She’s been in the exacta six straight times, missing a Grade I victory on two separate occasions by narrow margins. That includes her runner-up finish in the Just A Game to Antonoe, who was third with a troubled trip in the Diana earlier in the meet. SASSY LITTLE LILA could wind up unchallenged up front under Luis Saez if WORLD APPROVAL doesn’t go under Manny Franco. Don’t be surprised if this aggressive placement of SASSY LITTLE LILA by trainer Brad Cox pays off.
#7 WORLD APPROVAL (9-2) shortens up to the mile distance for the first time in his career. He’ll also be without Julien Leparoux for the first time in a year as Franco takes the reins. Mark Casse has been cold at Saratoga (1-for-41) but seems to have WORLD APPROVAL well-spotted. If WORLD APPROVAL can run back to his Grade II Dixie win (1 1/16-miles) he’ll be heard from late.
#3 TIME TEST (8-5) looks like a shaky favorite for Chad Brown. He’s burned money on two separate occasions since coming from overseas and may not take to the cutback. Javier Castellano sees fit to stay aboard though.
The play: $6 exacta 6/5, $4 exacta 6/7 ($10)
DFJ analysis: Luis Saez has eight mounts on Saturday, seven of which are 8-1 or lower. His best chance to win is probably Race 1, where he has 2-1 favorite Scarly Charly. SASSY LITTLE LILA gives Saez a good chance to hit the board in the Grade I Fourstardave. An upset is in the realm of possibility as well.
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