Paid Up Subscriber Annihilates Shuvee Competition

She may have been last of the three-filly and mare field in the first half mile, but Peter Brant and Allen Stable’s Paid Up Subscriber came roaring down the lane to beat Terra Promessa by 32 1/2 lengths in Sunday’s G3 Shuvee Handicap at Saratoga. The 5-year-old daughter of Candy Ride, ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Chad Brown, covered 1 1/8 miles on the fast main track in 1:51.31.

“I’m very proud of her,” co-owner Brant said. “She was running against a pretty filly last time [second to Songbird in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps] and was right there. I was very pleased. I couldn’t be happier. The other two fillies were good, too, but we just battled it out.”

Apologynotaccepted had a brief lead at Terra Promessa went a bit wide into the first turn, but Jose Ortiz quickly helped Terra Promessa find her stride and take over the leading spot. She pressed through early fractions of 23.07 and 46.81 seconds with Apologynotaccepted keeping close company just a half-length or so behind. Paid Up Subscriber, meanwhile, was content to trail the leaders through the early going.

Velazquez let Paid Up Subscriber stretch her legs approaching the far turn, and as she changed leads the mare took over the lead from Terra Promessa on the outside. She quickly had a two-length advantage as Terra Promessa came under a heavy ride, and turned for home five lengths to the good.

Paid Up Subscriber was hand-ridden through the lane and crossed the wire 32 1/2 lengths in front of Terra Promessa, while Apologynotaccepted was a couple more lengths back in third.

“It was great,” said Velazquez. “It was a three-horse field, so sometimes you have to do things different and that’s how it happened today. I knew the other two horses had some speed. I wanted to keep it close enough to where they didn’t get away from me and not put too much pressure on them.

“On the backstretch, I changed my mind and put the pressure on and see how they did. When I got to the [half-mile] pole, it looked like it was turning my way, and from then on it was pretty easy for her. The other horses took back at the three-quarter pole, so when I got to the front, I decided to put the pressure on. When they took back, I changed my mind and put the pressure on and she handled it very well.”

Bred in Kentucky by Bruce and Laurie Berensen, Paid Up Subscriber was a $135,000 yearling at the Keeneland September sale. Originally campaigned by William Lawrence and Klaravich Stables, she went through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton November sale last fall, hammering at $1.1 million. The Shuvee win is her first for her new connections in four 2017 starts, and improves her overall record to 5-3-2 from 15 starts for earnings of over $860,000.

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