By Evan Hammonds
Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Paid Up Subscriber pulled a monumental upset over champion filly Untapable in the June 18 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old Candy Ride filly covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.44, the second fastest running in 41 editions of the stakes.
Trained by Al Stall, Paid Up Subscriber broke sharply under Ricardo Santana Jr., but ceded the early lead to 16-1 shot Big Book. Untapable was away slowly under Florent Geroux along the rail and was not at her customary start near the lead.
Big Book set fractions of :23.51 and :47.82 while being pressed by 5-2 second choice Ahh Chocolate. Ahh Chocolate went for the lead heading into the turn and was engaged by Untapable through six furlongs in 1:12.39. It looked as if it might be a two-horse race, but the tandem was quickly inhaled by Paid Up Subscriber, who shot between horses in the stretch. Brooklynsway came with a wide move to get second, finishing two lengths ahead of late-running Engaginglee.
Untapable was fourth, with Ahh Chocolate fifth and Big Book finishing sixth.
"We’ve kept this filly in the highest regard; she’s had a little of this and little of that,” said Stall. “She’s finally getting it together. We gave her a nice little breeze (five furlongs in 1:00 2/5 June 12) and she’s come back on fire.
“We had a tremendous amount of confidence in her,” he said. “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.”
With this victory, Paid Up Subscriber earns an automatic berth to the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff through its status as a Breeders' Cup Win and You're In race.
The winner paid $14.60 on a $2 bet. To see the charts for all of Churchill’s races tonight, click here.