Bet on the Fleur de Lis Handicap
The Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap is an annual staple of the Churchill Downs summer meeting and is held in mid-June for fillies three years old and upwards. Inaugurated since 1975 and held at its current distance of a mile and one eighth since 1983, the race is currently offered for a purse of $200,000 and is held on the same race card – usually as part of Churchill Downs featured “night racing” – as the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap.
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Fleur de Lis Betting Odds
In the 2015 Fleur de Lis, 32-1 longshot Frivolous proved her love once again for the local racing surface, recording an improbable victory and paying $66.20, $24.00 and $10.60 across the board on a $2 wager. The Victoria Oliver trainee got the better of the 2-1 multiple-graded stakes winner Sheer Drama to cap a $2 exacta worth $169. The $2 trifecta returned $1,182.20 with 4-1 Tiz Windy checking in third. Of course, these are all nice profits, but when coupled with a racebook like Bovada’s 3% rebate on all straight wagers and 5% on all exotic bets, horseplayers are able to maximize betting value by signing up for an account at Bovada’s racebook.
2016 Fleur de Lis Handicap Contenders
The 2016 Fleur de Lis features a small, but talented field of six with 2014 champion female Untapable leading the way at 7/5 on the morning line. Untapable may have lost a few steps as a five year-old mare, but the Steve Asmussen trainee cannot be dismissed despite being winless in her last six starts. Witih speed figures that make her the one to beat, her five rivals will have to elevate their game to find the winner’s circle. Untapable has been working forwardly at Churchill Downs where she is unbeaten in three career starts, including a 2014 triumph in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks. Paid Up Subscriber (8/1) and Ahh Chocolate (2/1) figure to pose the main threat to Untapable with the former drawing plenty of appeal as a great price paly. Paid Up Subscriber should enjoy the added distance after a sharp allowance win at seven furlongs.
Entries and ML Odds
1) Untapable (7-5)
2) Engaginglee (6-1)
3) Paid Up Subscriber (8-1)
4) Ahh Chocolate (2-1)
5) Big Book (6-1)
6) Brooklynsway (6-1)
Did you know?
A quick glance at past winners of the Fleur de Lis reveals the level of top class competition the race routinely attracts with champions such as Royal Delta (2012) and the great Rachel Alexandra (2010) among its recent victors. In 2008, multiple graded stakes winner Hystericalady was an easy winner of the Fleur de Lis and Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Spain found the winner’s circle in 2002. In the previous decade, champions such as Banshee Breeze (1999) and Serena’s Song (1995) were among the most notable winners as the race began its ascension in class and popularity. Heritage of Gold owns the speed record in the Fleur de Lis, stopping the timer in an impressive 1:48.26 in 2000 for trainer Tom Amoss. Likely Exchange is the only two-time winner of the race, earning victories in 1978 and 1980. 2011 is the only year since the inception of the race that the Fleur de Lis was not held.