08/08/2012 4:50PM

Saratoga: Fourstardave shorter in distance but long on quality

Barbara D. Livingston
Wise Dan will return to turf for the Fourstardave.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N. Y. – The decision to shorten the $500,000 Fourstardave from a 1 1/16 miles to one mile this summer paid quick dividends, with a stellar field led by Wise Dan, Data Link, Get Stormy, and Corporate Jungle set to contest the Grade 2 turf fixture here Saturday.

The Fourstardave, which will be run as the final event on Saturday’s 11-race program, will be shown on NBC Sports Network with post time set at 6:45 p.m.

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Wise Dan, a Grade 1 winner on dirt, will return to the turf for the first time since finishing fourth behind Gio Ponti and Get Stormy in the 2011 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland. Wise Dan was beaten a head by Ron the Greek as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs in his most recent start.

Wise Dan will break from post 2 in the Fourstardave.

Data Link, who will start from the rail, ran down Get Stormy to register a one-length decision when the pair met at 1 1/8 miles in the Grade 2 Monmouth Stakes on June 10. Date Link will be the starting highweight under 121 pounds in the Fourstardave.

A rapid pace is expected in the Fourstardave, which should work in favor of the late-striding Data Link, who looked very sharp working a half-mile over the Oklahoma training track on Sunday.

“They figure to be going fast, and he should be able to close into it,” said trainer Shug McGaughey.

Get Stormy was forced to scratch out of the 2011 Fourstardave because of a minor injury suffered a week before the race. A multiple Grade 1 winner, he has won 4 of his 6 starts over the local course, including both the Fourstardave and Grade 2 Bernard Baruch here in 2010.

Corporate Jungle has improved steadily for trainer Chad Brown since breaking his maiden here last summer. A son of Giant’s Causeway, he had his three-race win streak snapped when finishing a wide-running fifth in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile at Hollywood Park on June 30.

The remainder of the Fourstardave lineup includes Guys Reward, Right One, Surfrider, Upgrade, and Yield Bogey. Crossbow has been entered for the main track only.