FanDuel Mile presented by PDJF Division
BreederGainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd. &Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC
Halladay gave his connections a reason to celebrate, earning his first graded stakes win in the Fourstardave Handicap (G1) at Saratoga, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series race, and therefore a spot in the FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Mile presented by PDJF. He beat defending champion Got Stormy, who set a course record in the 2019 running, by 1 1/4 lengths in gate-to-wire fashion.
“He likes to be on the lead and likes to run free and that was the key," jockey Luis Saez said.
The Fourstardave lengthened a streak for trainer Todd Pletcher, who is 53. He has won at least one Grade 1 race for 22 consecutive years. The conditioner was named the Eclipse Award Outstanding Trainer a record seven times, has 11 Breeders’ Cup victories and is approaching 5,000 career wins.
“He's gotten really good and we've seen it in the mornings in his training," Pletcher said. "He's been going great and we were confident going in that he was at his very best.”
Prior to the Fourstardave, the 4-year-old finished a game forth in Saratoga’s Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2), 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Somelikeithotbrown, after rallying for second.
The gray colt previously won two unlisted stakes at Gulfstream Park: the Tropical Park Derby Dec. 28 and the Sunshine Forever Stakes May 9. With more than $500,000 in purse earnings, he has finished in the top three in t12 of his 14 starts.
Halladay is owned by Harrell Ventures, which has oilman Curtis Harrell at the helm. He is following in the footsteps of his father, Eddie Harrell, who was in the same industry and campaigned Materiality, who won the 2015 Florida Derby (G1) and finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Curtis’s son, Conner, played minor league baseball for the Detroit Tigers. Halladay is named for Hall of Fame pitcher Roy Halladay, an ace for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies. He died in a plane crash in 2017 at age 40.
Halladay’s mother, Hightap, won the 2009 Iowa Oaks. Her father, Tapit, is one of North America’s leading sires.