Jay Em Ess Stable's My Golden Rose jumped from 10th to fifth in the Fantasy Ownership Challenge standings Sept. 16 and ended up in the barn of King Leatherbury after the veteran trainer claimed her for $10,000 for Vince Campanella.
Trained by Michele Nevin for the Laurel Park race, My Golden Rose shipped to Maryland after a fourth-place finish for a $25,000 tag at Belmont Park in New York. She rallied from fifth at the half-mile mark under Jomar Torres and drew away to defeat Janealee by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:25.86 for seven furlongs.
My Golden Rose, who broke her maiden at Laurel in August, paid $2.80 to win as the heavy favorite in a field of eight. Now trained by Leatherbury, the 3-year-old Mineshaft filly will now be based at Laurel rather than New York.
My Golden Rose entered the Sept. 16 race with $33,910 in contest earnings but now has $44,170, which puts her fifth behind Yes Mz Adah, Indian Paint, Flight Crew and Participate. Gunpowder Farms' Indian Paint was entered in the $150,000 All Along Stakes later on the Saturday card at Laurel but was scratched.
(Photo by Jessica Hammond)
Runnin Shoes Stable's Gethot Stayhot won her third Fantasy Ownership Challenge race and second in a row with an easy score in a $4,500-$5,000 claiming event the evening of Sept. 9 at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia.
The 5-year-old Posse mare had won her previous start Aug. 3 at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course in Pennsylvania. She's trained by Kimberly Graci and was ridden Sept. 9 by Wesley Ho.
Gethot Stayhot, who paid $5.20 to win as the favorite, kept close to the pace, grabbed the lead and pulled away to defeat Start Winning by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:21.10 for 6 1/2 furlongs around two turns at Charles Town. The $5,880 winner's share of the $10,000 purse increased her contest to bankroll to $27,163 and moved her up a couple of spots to 16th in the standings.
In other action Sept. 9, standings leader Yes Mz Adah picked up a couple thousand dollars to pad her lead with a fifth-place finish in a tough turf allowance race at Parx Racing. The winner, Advert, came in off of a victory in a strong Pennsylvania-bred stakes for fillies and mares on the Tapeta surface at Presque Isle Downs & Casino.
At Laurel Park, Seeing'n'believing finished second on the grass and moved from seventh to sixth in the standings. At Belmont Park in New York, My Golden Rose earned enough with a fourth-place finish to move up a spot to 10th in the standings.
As the late summer/fall/early winter meet at Laurel Park begins Sept. 8, there are less than four months remaining in the Fantasy Ownership Challenge, and it's still pretty wide-open in the standings given the fact one or two wins in races with generous purses can make a big difference.
That was the case with Yes Mz Adah, the Parx Racing-based 4-year-old filly who won three in a row since the claim by owner Andrew Sulley and trainer Patricia Farro. The current standings leader with $66,370 in earnings since the Challenge began March 18 at Laurel, Yes Mz Adah is entered in a $69,000 allowance race on the grass at Parx Sept. 9.
Not far behind in second is Gunpowder Farms' Indian Paint ($63,745), who is based at Fair Hill Training Center with trainer Kelly Rubley. The 4-year-old filly has tried stakes company this year and in late June led the standings—she only had to beat one horse in an off-the-turf $36,000 allowance race at Delaware Park.
The top five is rounded out by Danny Limongelli's Flight Crew ($53,396), trained by Hugh McMahon; Participate ($45,253), recently claimed by owner/trainer Ann Merryman; and Triple Tree Stable's Claravoyant ($41,260), a Mary Eppler trainee who won a $50,000 maiden special weight event on the first day of the Challenge.
The complete listing is available under the Standings tab. The contest runs through Dec. 31. Remember that you can track your horse (entries, results, workouts, scratches) by signing up for Virtual Stable at the Equibase website.
The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Horse Breeders Association in March announced that $50,000 is up for grabs based on horses' earnings from March 18-Dec. 31 as recorded by Equibase. Most of the about 40 horses in the Challenge have three fantasy owners, so prize money will split accordingly based on the final results.
The horse with the highest earnings will net his or her fantasy owners $30,000, followed by $10,000 for second, $5,500 for third, $3,000 for fourth, and $1,500 for fifth.
Through Sept. 7 Challenge horses have won most of their races at Laurel and Delaware. All of them combined have earned about $750,000—for their real owners—since March 18.
Colony Strike, in his first start for Hooties Racing off a claim for $4,000, displayed his affinity for a wet dirt surface with a commanding off-the-pace victory in a $5,000 claiming event Sept. 6 at Delaware Park.
It was the third win for the 8-year-old Smart Strike gelding since the launch of the Fantasy Ownership Challenge March 18 at Laurel Park. Colony Strike increased his contest earnings to $34,063, which moved him from 16th to ninth in the standings.
Colony Strike, who paid $6.40 to win, made his first start for trainer Jeff Trosclair and was ridden by Jose Bracho. He defeated To the Stars by 6 1/2 lengths and covered the one mile and 70 yards on a track rated good in 1:43.79.
The 3-year-old Ghostzapper gelding Resident Scholar earned his first victory in the Fantasy Ownership Challenge Sept. 4 at Delaware Park.
Owned by 3 Amigos 3 Stable and trained by Jorge Diaz, Resident Scholar was close up throughout in the 1 1/16-mile event for $5,000 claimers and surged late under Christian Olmo to win by a neck over Dads Party in 1:50.19 on a track rated good. He paid $37.20 to win as the longest shot on the board in a field of seven.
Resident Scholar in his previous start was trained by Laurel Park-based Ferris Allen and raced for a different owner, so he appears to have been sold privately. His contest earnings now stand at $12,315.
Jay Em Ess Stable's My Golden Rose on Aug. 13 returned to the track at which she has done her best work and collected her maiden victory in a waiver maiden claiming event at Laurel Park.
Ridden by Victor Carrasco for trainer Michelle Nevin, favored My Golden Rose rallied from off the pace in a six-horse field to win the $33,000 event by two lengths over Victory Rally. The 3-year-old Mineshaft filly earned $18,810 for the win; that increased her Fantasy Ownership Challenge bankroll to $31,560, which moved her to ninth in the standings.
Two other contest horses raced at Laurel on the Sunday card, and both finished third. Men's Grille Racing's Crookit, trained by Linda Albert and ridden by Carrasco, collected $2,717 in the fourth race and is now eighth in the standings, while Triple Tree Stable's Claravoyant, trained by Mary Eppler and ridden by Alex Cintron, earned $2,530 to pad her bankroll to $41,260; she is fifth in the contest standings.
On March 18, the first day of the Challenge at Laurel, My Golden Rose finished second by a nose behind Claravoyant in a $50,000 maiden special weight event, and then finished fifth in a $75,000 maiden special weight contest at Belmont Park. She hadn't competed since the New York race.