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Weekend Warrior–The Sultan of Saratoga

Friday Happy Hour at Siro’s. Crafting a late Pick 4 ticket on Saturdays. Nursing a hangover in the shade of the picnic area on a Sunday. Back to work on Monday—counting down the hours until you can hit repeat.  Weekends in the summer are meant for Saratoga.  And it’s not just the championship racing.  It’s jet skiing on the lake, concerts at SPAC, fried chicken and dough boys, and late nights on Caroline Street.  Our Weekend Warrior Series highlights the very best of the racing, establishments, events and experiences for each 72 hour stretch of glory.  Happy Friday, Saratoga! 

We take a break from our regularly scheduled programming this weekend to instead pay a Weekend Warrior’s tribute to one of the all-time coolest horses, local hero and proclaimed Sultan of Saratoga, Fourstardave. Dave’s affinity for the Saratoga sod and his massive following earned him the honor of being the namesake for major Saratoga Saturday Grade 1 turf mile race (a race he won several times).  And this year’s Fourstardave is full of intrigue as two talented mares—Uni and Got Stormy—take on the boys.  Got Stormy in particular would make Dave proud as she is proclaiming her Saratoga love by wheeling back off a one week layoff (after dominating the De La Rose). Got Stormy also tries to join the legacy club as her sire, Get Stormy, won this race in 2010.

In preparation for Saturday’s Fourstardave check out our ode to the Sultan of Saratoga:

On August 28, 1987, hall of famer Randy Romero piloted a 2-1 second choice juvenile to win what appeared to be an otherwise benign edition of Saratoga’s Empire Stakes–a six furlong event for two year old New York Breds.  Fast forward seven Saratoga meetings later, and that otherwise unremarkable 1987 state bred stakes held a much larger legacy. It marked the birth of a Sultan.

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Fourstardave, The Sultan of Saratoga, won at least one race at the Spa for eight consecutive years spanning from 1987 thru 1994.  In doing so, he became a local legend.  Fourstardave retired after making 99 (!) starts with a record of 21-18-16 and earnings of $1,636,560.   He also owns a mellon turf course record at Saratoga, traveling a mile and sixteenth in 1:38 4/5.

In 1995, following his retirement, Fourstardave was given an edible key to the city of Saratoga and a street,  “Fourstardave Way” was named in his honor.  On a personal note, two young Thorobros attended the 1995 street naming outside Siros and have signed goggles which Angel Cordero wore that day as he rode ‘Dave over from the barn area.  As an aside, proof of our attendance can be seen here–at the four second mark–that young jockey sporting the black and cherry silks is indeed a young Bro. Fourstardave Ceremony

In 1996, the Darly’s Joy Stakes–a race Fourstardave won twice–was renamed the in the Sultan’s honor. Besides its namesake, only one other horse has won the race multiple times–Wise Dan. Other winners include Breeders’ Cup mile champs Lure, Da Hoss, and Steinlen.

Today’s clip features Tom Durkin, in rare cheerleader mode, rooting home the “Old Boy” as he dominates an allowance field for his final Saratoga victory in 1994.

Fourstardave’s final Saratoga win

Enjoy and best of luck to everone wagering on today’s Fourstardave.

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Weekend Warrior–Whitney Weekend!

Friday Happy Hour at Siro’s. Crafting a late Pick 4 ticket on Saturday. Nursing a hangover in the shade of the picnic area on a Sunday. Back to work on Monday—counting down the hours until you can hit repeat.  Weekends in the summer are meant for Saratoga.  And it’s not just the championship racing.  It’s jet skiing on the lake, concerts at SPAC, fried chicken and dough boys, and late nights on Caroline Street.  Our Weekend Warrior Series highlights the very best of the racing, establishments, events and experiences for each 72 hour stretch of glory.  Happy Friday, Saratoga! 

The Whitney is the biggest race of the Saratoga Meet this side of the Travers. Always a historic and prestigious race, the 2019 Whitney has even more meaning given the recent passing of its namesake, Marylou Whitney.  Saturday promises to be a very special day at the track.  But the Whitney is not the only major event this weekend.  Friday is the Hall of Fame induction ceremony—a Thorobro favorite.   Add gorgeous weather forecasted and this weekend carries epic potential.  Here is your guide to all the on and off track excitement of Whitney weekend. Continue reading Weekend Warrior–Whitney Weekend!

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Weekend Warrior– Jim Dandy Weekend

 

Friday Happy Hour at Siro’s. Crafting a late Pick 4 ticket on Saturdays. Nursing a hangover in the shade of the picnic area on a Sunday. Back to work on Monday—counting down the hours until you can hit repeat. Weekends in the summer are meant for Saratoga. And it’s not just the championship racing. It’s jet skiing on the lake, concerts at SPAC, fried chicken and dough boys, and late nights on Caroline Street. Our Weekend Warrior Series highlights the very best of the racing, establishments, events and experiences for each 72 hour stretch of glory. Happy Friday, Saratoga!

Happy Friday, Saratoga! After a rough week of heat and cancelled racing, weekend number three looks much more promising. The Jim Dandy, the traditional prep race for the Travers, headlines a terrific weekend of racing. This year’s edition features Triple Crown stars Tacitus and War of Will along with other promising colts. In addition to the Jim Dandy, this weekend features other top stakes action, on track entertainment and benefits for a great cause, and lively food and drink options around town.

Here is your guide to all the on and off track excitement of Jim Dandy weekend.

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Weekend Warrior-Heat Wave

Saratoga Weekend Warrior—Second Weekend

Friday Happy Hour at Siro’s. Crafting a late Pick 4 ticket on Saturdays. Nursing a hangover in the shade of the picnic area on a Sunday. Back to work on Monday—counting down the hours until you can hit repeat. Weekends in the summer are meant for Saratoga. And it’s not just the championship racing. It’s jet skiing on the lake, concerts at SPAC, fried chicken and doughboys (yes, we still refuse to convert to oboys), and late nights on Caroline Street. Our Weekend Warrior Series highlights the very best of the racing, establishments, events and experiences for each 72 hour stretch of glory. Happy Friday, Saratoga!

Welcome to the second weekend of Saratoga racing….or not. The big news this weekend is the weather, choking humidity and high temperatures have already led to the cancellation of racing on Saturday. No worries though—Saratoga has plenty to offer around town and this week’s Weekend Warrior is filled with suggestions for beating the heat. Even with the temperatures and no Saturday racing, there’s no such thing as a bad weekend in Saratoga.

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Weekend Warrior–Opening Weekend

Saratoga Weekend Warrior—Opening Weekend

Friday Happy Hour at Siro’s. Crafting a late Pick 4 ticket on Saturdays. Nursing a hangover in the shade of the picnic area on a Sunday. Back to work on Monday—counting down the hours until you can hit repeat. Weekends in the summer are meant for Saratoga. And it’s not just the championship racing. It’s jet skiing on the lake, concerts at SPAC, fried chicken and dough boys, and late nights on Caroline Street. Our Weekend Warrior Series highlights the very best of the racing, establishments, events and experiences for each 72 hour stretch of glory. Happy Friday, Saratoga!

It’s Opening Weekend at Saratoga!

While the track and town are always a buzz during the racing season, there is something special about the excitement and anticipation of the first weekend of racing. Here are our thoughts on Opening Weekend’s top happenings at the track, around the town, and at local eateries and watering holes.

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Belmont Stakes Pick 4 Analysis

A controversial and intriguing Triple Crown season comes to an end today with the Test of Champions, the Belmont Stakes.  Although the star power may be lacking and there’s no triple crown bid, this year’s Belmont is an interesting betting race and the exclamation mark on an epic graded stakes filled card.  This “mini Breeders’ Cup” promises competitive fields and some big prices.  That makes the late Pick 4 a daunting task–but it’s a potentially lucrative challenge we are willing to accept.  Here are our thoughts on the main event Pick 4.

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Kentucky Derby: Picks and Analysis

It’s our Super Bowl–happy Kentucky Derby Day!  Too busy stirring your burgoo or muddling your mint to handicap the action packed Derby card? We at Thorobros have you covered.  Complete stakes analysis, including a detailed analysis of the Derby itself, is below.  Be sure to follow us on Twitter (@Thorobros) for updates and changes to our picks as the weather is questionable for Saturday.  While it looks like the track will be drying out from about 11:00 to 4:00, the threats of thunderstorms, and potential down pours, return for the later races.  Also, on Friday there was a speed bias, especially for the sprint races on dirt.  We will provide updates of any track biases on Twitter.

Good luck everyone! Let’s crush some juleps and races!

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Kentucky Oaks Day Stakes Races–Analysis and Picks

Happy Oaks Day! I know we say it every year, but this is one of our favorite days on the entire racing calendar. Oaks marks the kickoff for an exciting Derby weekend and the promise of a memorable and (hopefully) lucrative Triple Crown season. Oaks Day has also led to some of our greatest successes and worst beats. Whether up or down, Oaks Day is the source of some of our best betting “war stories.”

As expected, this year’s Oaks card contains full fields, competitive stakes races, and plenty of opportunities. The main event, as discussed more below, is extremely competitive, and if the favorite, Bellafina, who is compromised by other early speed and has previously run a clunker at Churchill, does not fire, it could be bombs away for the exotics.

Our analysis of all the stakes races (and the one Optional Allowance Churchill snuck into the Pick 4 sequence) is below. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for updates and on site coverage of the Oaks. Good luck, everyone!

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Breeders’ Cup Saturday 2018: Thorobros Picks and Preview

Annually the Breeders’ Cup is in our opinion the best day for playing the races every year. Biggest fields, best runners, largest pools; cashing in one race often times makes the day a profitable proposition. Nine races on Saturday this year, with all the races for non-Juveniles being run on the same day since the split of Cup into two days. With every second of studying time for this card needed, we will get right to our picks.

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Travers Day Picks and Analysis for All 7 Graded Stakes

Happy Travers Day, everyone! It’s our favorite day of the racing year. Sure, it’s tough to top the two day barrage of the Breeders’ Cup or the pageantry and excitement of the Kentucky Derby, but for three guys who visited Saratoga before we could walk (and have visited since in frames of mind where it was difficult for us to walk), this is our Super Bowl.  While the Travers is the obvious headliner, Saratoga’s recent switch to making this day a “Supercard” has brought the signature day of the meet to whole new stratosphere. 7 (!) straight stakes races anchor the back half of the card and offer opportunity after opportunity for big payouts.  We’ll be chasing some of those payouts and our thoughts and analysis are below.  Good luck everyone.

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