08/09/2014 10:25AM

Crist: Fourstardave Analysis

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Wise Dan, the reigning two-time Horse of the Year, is not in this year’s Fourstardave Handicap but his presence still seems strong: He won the race the last two years and two of today’s morning-line favorites are perhaps best known for their efforts against him: Silver Max, the 9-5 favorite, is the last horse to have beaten Wise Dan, when he scored by a length and a half in the Shadwell Mile last October; Seek Again missed beating Wise Dan by just a head in the Turf Classic at Churchill Downs on Derby Day.

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