In becoming the first filly to win the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Very Subtle outsprinted favored Groovy from the gate and never trailed in scoring a four-length victory in the 1987 renewal at Hollywood Park. Very Subtle’s victory gave jockey Patrick Valenzuela his second Breeders’ Cup win and the second Championships victory in two years for trainer Mel Stute.
Very Subtle won the first six starts in a career that began Oct. 5, 1986 at Santa Anita. A winner at four tracks in her career, Very Subtle won eight graded stakes that also included Grade 1 victories in the Hollywood Starlet and Fantasy plus a triumph in the Grade 2 Test at Saratoga. In her bid to repeat in the Sprint in 1988, Very Subtle finished fourth at Churchill Downs.