Ecurie Fabian Ouaki's Bonapartiste hopes that a change of scenery will do him some good. The 7-year-old Kendor horse breezed five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 on the fast main track in preparation for Saturday's $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) at Saratoga.
Bonapartiste is currently on a streak of seven races in which he finished either second or third by mere margins. But all of those races were last year. He will be making his first start since June 17, 2000 in the Fourstardave.
Looking to spoil his return to the track will be Dr. Kashnikow, a 4-year-old gelded son of El Gran Senor. He finished third in the Bernard Baruch (gr. IIT) July 27 when he was beaten 3 1/4 lengths by Hap, last year's Fourstardave winner.
Aly's Alley is another looking to reverse past bad racing luck. The 5-year-old Alwuhush horse's last stakes victory came under jockey Edgar Prado when they won at Gulfstream Park on March 15. Aly's Alley enters the Fourstardave after running third in the grade II Firecracker Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, where he was placed second following a disqualification.
The field for Saturday's Fourstardave Handicap includes: Where's Taylor (Robby Albarado, 115); Dr. Kashnikow (John Velazquez, 113); Spindrift (Jerry Bailey, 115); Bonapartiste (Chavez, 116); Tubrok (Jean-Luc Samyn, 113); Elite Mercedes (Pat Day, 111); Fighting Falcon (Gary Stevens, 115); Night Patrol (Javier Castellano, 113); Blue Snake (Camilo Pitty, 113); Sir Howard (Robbie Davis, 114); Aly's Alley (Prado, 117); Dignitas Dancer (Aaron Gryder, 113); Union One (Richard Migliore, 114); and Sumitas (Mark Guidry, 114).