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Remembering Fourstardave

Remembering Fourstardave

Thoroughbred Racehorse and “Sultan of Saratoga”

American Thoroughbred racehorse, Fourstardave (April 2, 1985 – October 14, 2002), was one of the most popular horses of his time, especially in Saratoga, where he began his career by winning the 6-furlong Empire Stakes in 1987, and finishing the season with 3 wins and 4 seconds in 9 starts.

Earning the nickname the “Sultan of Saratoga,” Fourstardave won at least one race for eight consecutive seasons from 1987 to 1994, was named New York-bred Horse of the Year in 1991, and set the turf course record that same year, which held up until 2015.

Video: 17 minute documentary on Fourstardave, shared by Jack Minehan

After being retired on August 27, 1995, Fourstardave was presented with an edible key to the city and had a street – “Fourstardave Way” – named in his honor. The iconic thoroughbred passed away in 2002 at the age of 17. He is one of only three horses buried in Clare Court at Saratoga Race Course, alongside Mourjane (IRE) and A Phenomenon.

fourstardave bobblehead

Fourstardave bobbleheads were given out at Saratoga Race Course in 2013

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