Casa Creed defends title in the 2023 Fourstardave Handicap

An old favorite and a new contender ran the show at Saratoga on Saturday, with the victory of Casa Creed in the G1 Fourstardave, a repeat of his win last year, the highlight.

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Casa so happy at home

Horses for courses. The track specialist Casa Creed played to the gallery at Saratoga on Saturday, winning the feature Fourstardave for the second year running and earning a paid berth into the Breeders’ Cup Mile when coming with his usual late rush to beat the favored Annapolis and Ice Chocolat.

The evergreen seven-year-old, the 9-5 second-choice, had plenty to do under Luis Saez in mid-stretch as Annapolis set sail for the wire, but Casa Creed did all his best work late and did so again. He ran down Annapolis in the last 50 yards to get the money by three-quarters of a length, the outcome a virtual photocopy of their encounter in the G3 Kelso here four weeks ago. Ice Chocolat finished fast for third, a half-length back.

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Casa Creed wins the 2023 Fourstardave Handicap

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“He ran his rear end off. He gives it to you; he digs in and gives it to you. That’s all there is to say,” said trainer Bill Mott, winning the Fourstardave for a record-extending sixth time.

The admirable Casa Creed, with a nine-for-33 count, four G1 wins and more than $2.4m in the bank, will take his golden ticket into the BC Mile at Santa Anita, a race in which he has twice finished off the board.

2023 Fourstardave Handicap Race Payouts

HorseWinPlaceShow
1. Casa Creed$5.70$2.70$2.40
2. Annapolis$2.50$2.30
3. Ice Chocolat$3.70

Winning time: 1m 34.20s

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