The Grade I Fourstardave Stakes has only five runners lining up but it should be a competitive race at Saratoga on Saturday.
Regal Glory has been best-backed to win the feature race and those who bet on horse racing get value odds throughout the field.
Regal Glory Gunning for Five
The current 6-5 Fourstardave Stakes favorite is shooting for her fifth straight win and she’s the hardest to beat.
She started her winning streak with a win in the Grade I Matriarch Stakes before adding two more feature races with the Jenny Wiley and Just a Game Stakes.
The 6-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom was too good for them at Belmont last start and her most recent run at Saratoga was a win in the De La Rose.
Owner Peter Brant believes she is improving with age.
“She’s just one of those fillies that improved a tremendous amount at five and six,” Brant said. “Some fillies at six they don’t want to run anymore. They’re a little tired, they’ve had a lot of battles, and they’ve just run out of steam, but she seems to be at her best.
“I was going to retire her at the end of the 5-year-old year, and then she ran that race down at Gulfstream and she blew everybody out. I was talking that day to Walker Hancock because I keep most of my mares at Claiborne Farm, and he looked at me and said, ‘I guess she’s not coming back to the farm.’”
The Fourstardave Stakes is a hotly-contested race and Regal Glory looks set for victory.
Casa Creed Makes Case
Casa Creed returned from Dubai with a win in the Jaipur Invitational and that form holds her in good stead on Saturday.
The William Mott-trained 6-year-old ran fifth in the Al Quoz Sprint behind a strong field and her best form is easily good enough to win the Fourstardave Stakes.
She finished third in this race last year behind Got Stormy and Set Piece, so she’s good enough to turn that form around and go two spots better.
It has her second placing in the Fourstardave Stakes and after back-to-back placings, she deserves a breakthrough performance at Saratoga.
Horse racing betting markets have Casa Creed at each-way odds and she’s worth having as a saver bet.
Masen Eyeing Biggest Win
The Chad Brown-trained Masen came close to winning at Grade I level when finishing second in the Maker’s Mark Mile at Keeneland.
He has since recorded two wins following that defeat, including a last-start win in the Grade III Poker Stakes at Belmont.
The son of Kingman looks like a progressive type and he’s another well-backed runner with betting markets.
The Saratoga Race Course Fourstardave entrant and we expect him to be fighting out the finish against the top female favorites. Masen could be the new kid on the block and beat the mares.