07/19/2016 9:42AM

No appeal of Delaware Handicap outcome

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I'm a Chatterbox wins the Delaware Handicap, with Paid Up Subscriber (left) rallying for second.

Trainer Al Stall Jr. said Tuesday morning that he and majority owner Seth Klarman have decided not to appeal Paid Up Subscriber’s second-place finish Saturday in the Delaware Handicap. Paid Up Subscriber, owned by Klarman’s Klaravich Stables and William H. Lawrence, was bumped at the start of the Delaware Handicap when winner I’m a Chatterbox broke in and crowded rivals.

"We're just going to move forward and concentrate on the next race," Stall said.

I'm a Chatterbox won the 1 1/4-mile Delaware Handicap by 2 1/4 lengths, but she also bobbled at the start and ducked inward from post 4 bumping Milaya (No. 3) into Money'soncharlotte (No. 2). Paid Up Subscriber, who had the inside post, was bumped hard in the chain-reaction collision. After regaining her balance, Paid Up Subscriber rallied to finish 4 1/4 lengths clear of third-place Penwith.

Although it was not communicated well to the public immediately after the race, the Delaware Park stewards confirmed Monday they had conducted an inquiry into the start of the race. Ricardo Santana Jr., the rider of Paid Up Subscriber, also lodged a claim of foul against I'm a Chatterbox and her rider, Florent Geroux.

After reviewing the video of the race and speaking with both riders, the stewards ruled the order of finish would stand.

The stewards in their daily log of the Saturday races, which was filed with the Delaware Racing Commission, explain their reasoning this way: "After talking to the riders involved and reviewing the films of the race the #4 does break in pushing the #3 and #2 into the #1.  As a result of breaking in and the rider on the #4 having to take up and being behind the #1 at that point, along with the #1 never losing stride, the Stewards could see no reason to take any action and made the race official."

I'm a Chatterbox and Paid Up Subscriber could meet again in the Grade 1, $750,000 Personal Ensign at Saratoga, a 1 1/8-mile race for fillies and mares on Aug. 27.

Paid Up Subscriber is stabled at Saratoga, and Stall said she would be considered for the Personal Ensign and then for the Grade 1 Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 9.

Trainer Larry Jones also confirmed he would look at the Personal Ensign as a possible next start for I’m a Chatterbox.