06/18/2016 8:12PM

Paid Up Subscriber outperforms favorites in Fleur de Lis

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Paid Up Subscriber became a player in the filly-and-mare division and earned an expenses-paid trip to the Breeders’ Cup with an emphatic victory Saturday night in the 41st running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Paid Up Subscriber rallied from just off the pace to win the 1 1/8-mile race by three lengths over Brooklynsway, returning $14.60 after finishing in 1:48.44 over a fast track.

“She’d been training unbelievably the last month or so,” said Al Stall Jr., who trains the 4-year-old Paid Up Subscriber for Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence. “She’s always been held in the highest regard.”

Paid Up Subscriber, a Kentucky-bred filly by Candy Ride, earned a free berth into the Nov. 4 BC Distaff at Santa Anita.

“You don’t really think about that going in,” said Stall. “You just want to see where you fit. It’s exciting.”

The two Fleur de Lis favorites turned in poor performances: Untapable, the 3-5 favorite and 120-pound highweight in a field of six fillies and mares, was very rank in the opening stages under Florent Geroux and finished fourth, while Ahh Chocolate, the 5-2 second choice, pressed the pace from the start before fading to fifth.

“She was a bit keen,” Geroux said of Untapable, the 2014 Kentucky Oaks winner who now has lost seven times in a row. “I don’t know what I could’ve done about it.”

As the second of five straight graded stakes on a Downs After Dark program, the Fleur de Lis unfolded differently than it figured on paper, with Big Book leading Ahh Chocolate while Untapable fought Geroux a few lengths behind.

Meanwhile, Paid Up Subscriber and Santana were always sitting chilly while saving ground just a couple lengths off the lead, and after the field bunched up leaving the quarter-pole, they shot through an opening to emerge the obvious winner.

Paid Up Subscriber, who carried 114 pounds, was making her eighth career start and was coming off an allowance victory on the May 6 Kentucky Oaks card. The chestnut filly was unplaced in her two prior stakes attempts, both last year.

“She had a little of this and a little of that, and we gave her the time she needed and brought her back over the winter in New Orleans,” said Stall, who next month will take his best horses to Saratoga. “We really do think a lot of her.”

The $2 exacta (3-6) paid $98.60, the $1 trifecta (3-6-2) returned $256.70, and the 10-cent superfecta (3-6-2-1) was worth $53.50.

 

 

Ronald Friedman More than 1 year ago
somebody retire Untapable!
Editha Arca More than 1 year ago
when mares start to go wrong rank atleast two times now fighting the jock she hasnt won or even get close to where she was right i mean a good trainer should be able to put his foot down and say shes done racing lets retire her before she get hurt, please dont do another nehro w/ her

Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
the owner and trainer need to retire untamable.the horse doesn't want to run anymore this was very clear when she ran at oak lawn stop being greedy the horse doesn't owe you anything
Jason Rothstein More than 1 year ago
Agreed 100%. I saw the same thing with Lukas and lady's secret in the 80's
Larry Kaufman More than 1 year ago
lades secret is lucky she survived the lukas barn