Twelve horses in the Fantasy Ownership Challenge are entered in races at three tracks—Laurel Park, Parx Racing and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races—Friday, April 21, Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23.
Here's a rundown of the upcoming action by track:
In Friday's third race, three contest horses are among the seven entered in the six-furlong claiming event with a purse of $23,000. All of them are coming out of the same key race won March 18 by Danny Limongelli's Flight Crew, who is sixth in the standings with $16,388 in earnings and is scheduled to return in Friday's fifth race.
Victor Santiago's Supervisor, who finished second to Flight Crew, was a winner in his subsequent and currently tops the Challenge standings with $30,077. The three horses entered in the third race—Big Bertha Stable's Professor Zoom ($3,163), Wasabi Ventures Stables' Slick William ($863), and Burning Daylight Farms' Legend's Hope (no contest earnings yet)—finished third, fifth and seventh, respectively, behind Flight Crew and Supervisor March 18.
Flight Crew, meanwhile, is among the program favorites in a $23,000 starter allowance/optional claiming event at seven furlongs.
In the 10th and final race Friday, William Marlow Jr.'s Resident Scholar ($825), who hasn't hit the board yet in three starts on the turf, returns to the grass in a one-mile claiming race with a purse of $23,000. (Update: Resident Scholar was an early scratch.)
On Saturday at Laurel, two contest runners are entered in the 11th and final race, a claiming event with an $18,000 purse, but one of them—Gregory Wood's Max's Warrior ($2,475 in earnings) would race only if the race comes off the grass. Maryland City Racing's Gethot Stayhot ($1,125) drew into the body of the race, which is limited to 10 starters.
On Sunday, Joan Everett's Participate, a Maryland-bred who won a $16,000 claiming race on the kickoff day of the Fantasy Owners Challenge and sits fourth in the standings with $20,377, will face Mens Grille Racing's Crookit ($7,507), another Maryland-bred who finished second to Participate in a $35,000 allowance test for state-breds.
The aforementioned Gethot Stayhot is re-entered in Sunday's eighth race, a claiming event with a $17,000 purse, while Old Coach Farm's San Cristo ($375) will make his first start since March 18 in the 10th race, a claimer with a purse of $15,000.
In Pennsylvania Saturday afternoon, Steve Klesaris' Yes Mz Adah is entered in the sixth race, which carries a $22,000 purse. She's currently 15th in the standings with $5,750 in earnings.
El Manut, owned by trainer Jose Corrales and Didier Plasiencia, is scheduled to make his stakes debut in the $85,000 Robert Hilton Memorial for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs. El Manut ($6,805 in earnings) has one win in seven career starts and last time out finished second in a $10,000-$8,000 claiming race at Laurel; he'll tackle much tougher Saturday afternoon in West Virginia.
Corrales, based at Laurel, entered two other horses at Charles Town Saturday, including Maryland stakes winner Bodhisattva in the $1.25 million Charles Town Classic, a grade II stakes at 1 1/8 miles.
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