Favorite Fourstardave Highlights Saratoga Weekend
As you get deeper into August, the weekends get bigger at Saratoga Race Course. This weekend is no exception. Friday looks to be a terrific day at the Spa highlighted by the 8th running of the Tale of The Cat handicap. Saturday will feature two big stakes races, the 116th running of the Saratoga Special and the main event on Saturday, the Fourstardave Handicap. Chad Brown's Raging Bull will be the horse to beat in that one and Sunday is the first giveaway of the year featuring the Saratoga Cooler Bag. Giveaways are limited, so come early.
Fourstardave was a living legend in the horse racing community but that especially rang true at Saratoga Race Course, two legends that were made for each other. According to the New York Racing Association's website, "from 1987 to 1994, the New York-bred gelding Fourstardave won at least one race at Saratoga yearly, including the 1988 Albany Handicap, the 1989 and 1991 West Point Handicaps, and consecutive runnings of the Daryl’s Joy in 1990 and 1991. Trained by Leo O’Brien and owned by Richard Bomze and Bernard Connaughton, Fourstardave’s success at Saratoga earned him the nickname “The Sultan of Saratoga” and the Daryl’s Joy was renamed in his honor in 1996. The Daryl’s Joy had its first running in 1985 and was run at 1 1/16 miles on the turf until 2012, when it was shortened to a mile on the grass.
If giveaways are your thing at Saratoga Race Track, well Sunday is your day. Fans will enjoy the first giveaway of the season – a Saratoga cooler bag, presented by Saratoga Casino Hotel. The red and black cooler bag adorned with the Saratoga logo in white will be available free with paid admission, while supplies last. Quantities are limited and giveaways are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Here is a complete schedule as provided by NYRA: FRIDAY, AUGUST 13
Tale of the Cat: Four-time winner Wondrwherecraigis will attempt to secure his first career stakes score in the eighth running of the $120,000 Tale of the Cat, a six-furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up who have not won a graded race in 2021.
NYRA Hometown Hero, presented by CDPHP: NYRA will announce the next honoree in its Hometown Hero program, presented by CDPHP, which recognizes local essential workers for their service and dedication to the community during the pandemic. Each honoree receives the opportunity to present a trophy in the winner’s circle. Nominations are being accepted through August 15 at CDPHP.com/Heroes.
Cooperstown Distillery Tasting: Fans will be invited to enjoy a complimentary tasting of the Cooperstown Select Rye Manhattan from Cooperstown Distillery at the Jim Dandy Bar from noon to 4 p.m. Must be at least 21 years old; while supplies last.
Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage: The Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage will host live music from The Upstate Bluegrass Band.
Piazza Italia: The Piazza Italia, located in the Saratoga Events Pavilion, near Gate A, will host live music featuring Franklin Micare from noon to 4 p.m. Fans may enjoy authentic Italian food and beverages at the Piazza Italia every day of the Saratoga meet, including paninis with Italian meats and cheeses, Fratelli Beretta cold cuts, Monti Trentini cheeses, Italian Bindi Gelato, Tiramisu and Peroni Beer.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 14
Fourstardave Handicap and Saratoga Special: The headlining Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave for 3-year-olds and up on the turf going one mile will be accompanied by the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special, presented by Miller Lite, for 2-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs.
Ketel One and Volcan Tequila Tastings: Fans will be invited to enjoy two complimentary tasting events: the first a sampling of the Volcan Margarita at the Volcan Tequila backyard gazebo bar, located near the Fourstardave Sports Bar, from 1 to 3 p.m. The second tasting will offer the opportunity to sample the Ketel One Saratoga Lemonade from award-winning Ketel One family made vodka at the Ketel One Longshots Bar located on the ground floor of the Grandstand from 3 to 5 p.m. Must be at least 21 years old; while supplies last.
Volcan Tequila Tasting and Summer Music Stage: The Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage will host live music from Big Medicine.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 15
Galway: The fifth week of racing at the Spa will conclude with the second running of the $120,000 Galway for 3-year-old fillies on the turf sprinting 5 1/2 furlongs.
Saratoga Cooler Bag Giveaway: Fans will enjoy the first giveaway of the season – a Saratoga cooler bag, presented by Saratoga Casino Hotel. The red and black cooler bag adorned with the Saratoga logo in white will be available free with paid admission, while supplies last. Quantities are limited and giveaways are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Brunch at The Rail at the 1863 Club: Fans are invited to enjoy a brunch buffet while experiencing The Rail at the 1863 Club, the first-floor banquet space at the 1863 Club. Tickets are $85 and include the buffet, soft drinks and Post Parade program book. Reservations are available by calling the NYRA Box Office at 844-NYRA-TIX or online at NYRA.com/1863Club.
Berkshire Bank Family Sundays: The popular kid-oriented weekly event will feature a wide variety of free family-friendly activities, games, attractions and educational activities each Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, located inside Gate A near the Saratoga Race Course Box Office.
Low Roller Challenge Handicapping Contest: Every Sunday features the Low Roller Challenge Handicapping Contest, available exclusively on-track with a buy-in of $40. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.
Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage: The Volcan Tequila Summer Music Stage will host live music from The North and South Dakotas.