Victor Santiago's Supervisor raced to the top of the Fantasy Ownership Challenge standings with an off-the-pace victory over four challengers in the seventh race at Laurel Park April 2.
Trained by Faith Leatherman and ridden by Wesley Ho, Supervisor, who had $7,846 in earnings after his second-place finish when the contest began March 18, banked $22,230 for his victory. The purse for the starter allowance race was $30,000, but Supervisor, a 4-year-old gelding by Super Saver, also was credited with a Maryland-bred bonus, according to Equibase statistics.
Sallie Roberts, one of the fantasy owners who drew Supervisor's name March 18, said she's glad she made the trip to Laurel for Supervisor's follow-up race.
"It was such a beautiful day I had no trouble convincing my husband to come with me to the track," said Roberts, who lives in Ellicott City, Md. "I had placed my bets on Supervisor early so we could go down to the rail early and watch him come to the paddock. He looked great, especially his braids--very classy.
"The race itself was a thrill--I don't think I ever yelled so laud as when Supervisor pulled into the lead and held it down the stretch. We couldn't believe it. Then it was off to the winner's circle, which was a lot of fun. I can't wait for his next start!"
Like she did March 18, Roberts bet Supervisor across the board and was rewarded with payoffs of $12.80 to win, $5.20 to place and $3.20 to show in the five-horse field. Her husband also connected at the betting windows earlier on the program.
Supervisor is the first Fantasy Ownership Challenge horse to win in its subsequent start after the program began on Fantasy Owners Day. The standings here were updated as of the races of April 2. View Race Video.
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