SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan won the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course, taking control at mid-stretch and beating King Kreesa by 1¾ lengths.
Ridden by John Velazquez, Wise Dan ran a mile over the turf course in 1:34.
The victory extended the 6-year-old gelding's winning streak to eight races, including the 2012 Breeders' Cup Mile. He's ranked as the world's leading active thoroughbred.
The Charlie LoPresti-trained Wise Dan, a prohibitive favorite, paid $2.80, $2.20 and $2.10. He earned $300,000 for owner Morton Fink.
King Kreesa returned $3.80 and $2.40, and Lea, third of six, paid $2.40 to show.