Timothy Hopkins' Whiskey Sour became the first Fantasy Ownership Challenge horse to go two-for-two when he collared the early speed to win the second race at Laurel Park April 9.
The winner's share, including a Maryland-bonus, totaled $13,338 in the race for $7,500-$6,000 claimers. That pushed Whiskey Sour's contest earnings to $26,320, good for third in the standings.
Trained by Kieron Magee and ridden by Trevor McCarthy, Whiskey Sour was one of six horses to win an overnight race at Laurel March 18, kickoff day of the contest that runs through Dec. 31.
Jonathon Lockwood, at Fort Meade, Md., resident who drew Whiskey Sour in a random draw, was on hand Sunday for the 5-year-old gelding's second contest win. His wife, Kristen, drew Banana Anna, who finished second March 18 and fourth in the sixth race April 9.
"It's great to come out and see him race again," Jonathon Lockwood said. "I'm checking the (contest) website every day. I didn't get into horse racing until I met Kristen, and now I think I want to get into the industry."
"When (Whiskey Sour) won the first time, I instantly wanted to own a horse," he said with a laugh.
"It's so much more exciting when it's your horse," Kristen Lockwood said.
Another contest runner, MCA Racing Stable's Hey Willie, gave his "owners" a thrill when he grabbed the early lead in the one-mile event and wasn't collared until the late stages. He finished third to collect $1,980 and move up the board with $3,105 in total earnings.
"This is really interesting," Magee, who sits second in the Laurel winter/spring meet standings, said of the Fantasy Owners Challenge. "I keep track of it. What a great idea, and if sparks a little interest (in horse racing), it's worth it."