08/21/2016 2:13PM

Trainer Bill Mott was also a big winner on Saturday

Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Bill Mott had winners at both Del Mar and Saratoga on Saturday.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. _ Overshadowed by the exploits of Songbird at Saratoga and California Chrome at Del Mar was that Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott won Grade 1 stakes at both tracks Saturday.

At Saratoga, Mott won the Grade 1 Fourstardave with Tourist, who beat A Lot by 1 1/4 lengths for his first Grade 1 victory. At Del Mar, Harmonize outfinished Decked Out to win the Del Mar Oaks for 3-year-old fillies on turf.

Two months ago, Mott won two Grade 1 stakes - the Just a Game with Celestine, and the Acorn with Carina Mia - on the same Belmont Stakes card. This is believed to be the first time Mott has won Grade 1s at two different tracks on the same day.

“It’s nice when it comes together like that,” Mott said Sunday morning at Saratoga. “There’s been plenty of days when we had two losers in a day, too, so it’s nice to have two winners in a day. Everything seems to cycle around. When things aren’t going well you just work a little harder, just keep doing what you’re doing and it’ll turn around eventually.”

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Tourist’s victory was tempered by the fact he came out of the Fourstardave with some filling behind his pastern in his left foreleg. Tourist bobbled approaching the top of the stretch of the Fourstardave under Joel Rosario.

“I don’t know whether he rapped himself or what he’s done,” Mott said. “We’re just going to have to take a wait-and-see attitude on what’s going on. I’m not sure what we’re dealing with just yet. I’m hoping it’s a bruise.”

Tourist had gone 0 for 7 in Grade 1 stakes before the Fourstardave, for which he earned a 107 Beyer Speed Figure.

“It’s possible he may have already had one under his belt if it wasn’t for catching soft ground on a couple of occasions,” Mott said. “He acts a little better on firm ground.”

Owner Larkin Armstrong initially proposed sending Harmonize to California for the Del Mar Oaks because it was a Grade 1 opportunity that wouldn’t include the leading 3-year-old female turf filly Catch a Glimpse, who has defeated Harmonize three times. After assessing the field for the Del Mar Oaks and Sunday’s Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga, Mott agreed the cross-country ship was the way to go.

Under Junior Alvarado, Harmonize rallied from seventh position and outkicked Decked Out to win the Del Mar Oaks by a head.

“If you were going to run the race on paper there was no speed,” Mott said. “We thought maybe we’d wind up a little closer to the pace or at least be in a close stalking position, but our filly has kind of changed her style. The first two or three times in her life she was on the lead. She’s turned it around completely where she doesn’t want to be up that close.”

At 2, Harmonize won the P.G. Johnson Stakes at Saratoga on the lead and the Jesamine at Keeneland from last. Harmonize was expected to return to New York on Wednesday, after which Mott and Armstrong will work on a plan for the fall. Among the logical next-race options for Harmonize are the Grade 2, $500,000 Sands Point on Sept. 17 at Belmont and/or the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth at Keeneland on Oct. 15.