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WHAT HORSE WON THE FOURSTARDAVE HANDICAP TWICE?
In 1996 the Fourstardave Stakes was named after the Saratoga phenom, Fourstardave. That was just five years after he won the Darylís Joy Stakes back-to-back in 1990 and 1991. Jockey Mike Smith took credit for the ride. The Darylís Joy Stakes was first run in 1985. In 1994 is was renamed the Darylís Joy Handicap, but the next year it reverted back to the Darylís Joy Stakes. One year later in 1996 the name was changed to the Fourstardave Stakes. Then in 1998 its name was changed again to the name by which we know it today, the Fourstardave Handicap. In these 21 years only one horse was able to win the race twice, back-to-back. Wise Dan holds that distinction by winning the Fourstardave Handicap in 2012 at age 5 and 2013 at age six. Both times he was piloted by Hall of Fame jockey, John Velazquez. It could be argued he tied Fourstardaveís record just in races with different names.