Oak­lawn star sec­ond in Saratoga romp

The Sentinel-Record - - SPORTS - BOB WISENER

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — With three horses en­tered, Saratoga carded its fea­ture race first on Sun­day, the 1 p.m. post giv­ing the sec­ond- and third-place horses time to fin­ish be­fore sun­down.

Paid Up Sub­scriber turned the Grade 3 Shu­vee Hand­i­cap into a ru­n­away, her win­ning mar­gin of 32 1/2 lengths greater than that of Sec­re­tariat (31 lengths) in the 1973 Bel­mont Stakes. The 5-year-old Candy Ride mare came off a strong sec­ond to cham­pion filly Song­bird in the Grade 1 Og­den Phipps June 10 at Bel­mont Park, earn­ing the re­spect of Saratoga bet­tors who made her a 3-5 fa­vorite Sun­day.

Terra Promessa, a four-time Oak­lawn Park stakes win­ner who bat­tled cham­pion Stel­lar Wind in April’s Grade 1 Ap­ple Blos­som Hand­i­cap, fin­ished sec­ond and Apol­ogy not ac­cepted third, 36 1/2 lengths be­hind.

Hall of Fame jockey John Ve­lazquez al­lowed his two ri­vals to set early frac­tions of 23.07 sec­onds for the open­ing quar­ter and 46.81 for the half be­fore go­ing to work on Paid Up Sub­scriber. Once she got rolling, the ch­est­nut mare en­gulfed her op­po­nents from out­side, stretch­ing her lead from 1 1/2 lengths mid­way on the fi­nal turn to 15 at the head of the stretch.

“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-eighths 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.”

With no place, show or ex­acta wa­ger­ing, Paid Up Sub­scriber paid $3.30 to win. She car­ried 120 pounds through a fast-rated nine fur­longs in 1:51.69, scor­ing her first stakes vic­tory since June 2016 and first since trans­fer­ring to the barn of trainer Chad Brown af­ter be­ing pur­chased by own­ers Peter Brant and Allen Sta­ble.

“I’m very proud of her,” Brant said. “She was run­ning against a pretty good filly last time (Song­bird) 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.”

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