Untapable will look to pick up her first win in over a year at this season’s Fleur de Lis Handicap hosted by Churchill Downs this weekend. The five-year old mare has placed second four times, as well as third and fourth, over six races since winning the 2015 Apple Blossom. She is certainly one of the more high profile race horses in the United States, but has a lot to prove heading in to this weekend’s challenge.
The Fleur de Lis Handicap is a 1 1/8th mile race over dirt that will run at 8:30pm EST on a busy day at the Kentucky track. Untapable is by far the most well regarded horse in the small field, which includes five other horses, but we’ve said the same thing in her past races. She is no longer considered a lock even if she’ll have the benefit of the doubt from the oddsmakers. Untapable will enter the race as the 7/5 favorite.
A pair of horses coming off of wins will likely be her biggest threats. Ahh Chocolate won the Allaire Dupont Distaff recently and is booked at 2/1 as the second choice on the board. The five-year old out of Candy Ride is 2-1-2 in her last five races. Big Book is a four-year old filly who recently won an allowance at Santa Anita and will look to continue her climb up the ranks at 6/1 in the Fleur de Lis Handicap.
Also sharing 6/1 odds are Engaginglee and Brooklynsway. Rounding out the field is Paid Up Subscriber who will hold 8/1 odds heading in to the race.
But all eyes will remain thoroughly transfixed on Untapable, who has struggled to close big races in recent outings. The Fleur de Lis Handicap is a “win and your in” qualifier for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, a race that Untapable won handedly in 2014. She will look to possible close out her strong career at this year’s renewal with a repeat. To get there, she’ll have to prove that she can get back to her winning ways.