It’s been a long and arduous career for Tourist, a five-year old horse who is 5-3-3 in 16 races. He has been to the Breeders’ Cup Mile twice in the last two renewals and placed 8th and 13th, but the 2016 campaign has been a resurgent effort from the William Mott trainee. He punctuated that sentiment over the weekend with a win at the Fourstardave Handicap.
The one-mile race at Saratoga on August 20th and saw King Kreesa open the pace as an 8/1 outside shot. The first quarter-mile was hit with a time of :24.53. That rate didn’t speed up as they approached the half-mile with the lead horses clocking in at :48.43, setting up the closers for a promising finish at the Fourstardave. Tourist sat in second, running a profoundly strategic effort.
Jockey Joel Rosario and Tourist made their move heading in to the final turn where they surged past King Kreesa to seize the lead and the pair never let up. A Lot would also explode through the middle to capture second, while Grand Arch snuck past King Kreesa at the line to take third.
“It was important for a horse like him” Mott exclaimed after the victory. “He’s been a good horse for us, multiple grade I-placed. To win the Fourstardave in Saratoga was very important. There have been some nice horses win it in the past and I’m sure we’ll have some more in the future. But it was his day today.”
The Fourstardave win was the first for Tourist in a stakes race since he won his competitive debut at the Sir Cat way back in 2014. Rosario reflected on that win, which also happened at Saratoga. “Nice horse, he really put a nice run. It was all him today. I remember his first time here, he really ran a big race before. That was a big performance from him here today.”