Believe it or not, but Paid Up Subscriber just booked a ticket to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships Longines Distaff thanks to a courageous win at the Fleur de Lis Handicap. The four-year old filly entered as an 8/1 longshot at the $200,000 race run over a 1 1/8th mile distance and dusted a competitive field that was highlighted by none other than Untapable.
“We’ve kept this filly in the highest regard, she’s had a little of this and little of that,” said trainer Albert Stall. “She’s finally getting it together. We gave her a nice little breeze (and she’s come back on fire. We had a tremendous amount of confidence in her. We just wanted to throw just one curve ball at her, which was her first two-turn race, so we decided to do it at home. Just walk out of the barn.”
The unorthodox measures led to an unexpected ending as the longshot tipped the scales heavily in her own favor. Paid Up Subscriber rewarded her backers with a pay out of $14.60, $7.60, $5.80. Brooklynsway paid out $8.20 and $5.20 as the runner-up, and Engaginglee returned $5.80 as the show bet. Each carried 6/1 odds heading in to the race as the outside shots.
It was a day of heartbreak for Untapable, who was the 3/5 favorite to win and finished fourth instead. With her second such finish in two races this year after a fourth place heartbreaker at the Apple Blossom, Untapable has been retired by her handlers. Thought to be an unbeatable female at one point, Untapable certainly goes in to the history books as one of the best after a defiant 2014 season that saw her go 6-0-0 in 7 races, with her one blip being the Haskell Invitational where she raced against some of the finest males.
Instead, this day belongs to Paid Up Subscriber. Second choice, Ahh Chocolate drifted to fifth while Big Book came in at 6/1 as well and trailed last.
Hopefully Stall and company won’t have to use some crazy tactics to get Paid Up Subscriber ready for the Breeders’ Cup in the fall. At least, by then, the oddsmakers will see her coming.