Christine's Outlaw Takes Aim at Fourstardave

Christine's Outlaw, a winner of two of three races since trainer George Weaver switched the 4-year-old to the grass, is one of the favorites for Saturday's $200,000 Fourstardave Handicap (gr. IIT) on the Saratoga outer turf course at 1 1/16 miles.

A son of Wild Again, Christine's Outlaw comes into the Fourstardave a fresh horse, his last race coming in a game victory in the Poker Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Belmont Park July 10. A good performance Saturday could point him toward the Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT).

Weaver resisted the temptation of entering the colt in the Bernard Baruch (gr. IIT) earlier in the meet, with the intentions of having a fresh horse for a late summer and fall campaign.

"He had three hard races in five weeks," Weaver said. "He's been doing great. I want to make the Breeders' Cup Mile with him. I thought the Poker was a standout race. He was so game and I was very proud of him. He's got everything you need to compete at this level."

R.C. Hill Stable's Christine's Outlaw was beaten a neck by Fourstardave rival Gulch Approval in his lone turf defeat. Jockey Edgar Prado will ride him.

Silver Tree and Nothing to Lose were a neck apart in the Bernard Baruch. As usual, both are major players in this spot.

$200,000 Fourstardave (gr. IIT), 3 & up, 1 1/16 miles
PP. Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Weight
1. Union Place, Randy Schulhofer, Javier Castellano, 113
2. Nothing to Lose, Bobby Frankel, John Velazquez, 117
3. Gulch Approval, Nick Zito, Pat Day, 117
4. Royal Regilia, Justin Nix, Jorge Chavez, 114
5. Christine's Outlaw, George Weaver, Edgar Prado, 115
6. Ay Caramba, Eduardo Caramori, Cornelio Velasquez, 115
7. Silver Tree, Bill Mott, Jerry Bailey, 117
8. Royal Spy, Steve Asmussen, Robby Albarado, 117
9. Hotstufanthensome, Norman Pointer, Joe Bravo, 113
10. L'Oiseau d'Argent, Kiaran McLaughlin, Richard Migliore, 115