Triple Tree Stable's Claravoyant didn't win May 13 at Pimlico Race Course, but her solid third-place finish in a $23,000 starter allowance event padded her bankroll enough to give her a slight lead in the Fantasy Ownership Challenge standings.
Based on official earnings compiled weekly by Equibase, it's crowded at the top of the list of roughly 40 horses assigned to fantasy owners by random draw March 18 at Laurel Park. As of May 14, the gap between fifth-place and first-place was roughly $3,500.
The previous leader, Victor Santiago's Supervisor ($30,077), was a program scratch from a starter allowance event May 12 at Pimlico, while Timothy Hopkins' Whiskey Sour, third with $29,375, was a main-track-only entrant in a May 14 race that was run on the grass at Pimlico.
Gunpowder Farm's promising 4-year-old filly Indian Paint, who broke her maiden in her last start to shoot up to fourth with $28,300 in earnings, is scheduled to compete for big money Friday, May 19, on Black-Eyed Susan day at Pimlico. Indian Paint, trained by Kelly Rubley, is entered in the third race, a $52,000 entry-level allowance test at 1 1/16 miles on the dirt.
Maiden and allowance purses get a bump Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness Stakes days, and Indian Paint, to be ridden again by Feargal Lynch, has an opportunity to capitalize in her first start around two turns.
Rounding out the top five is Mens Grille Racing's Crookit, who won last time out and has $27,457 in contest earnings.
On May 18 in the fifth race at Pimlico, Mrs. Frank Wright's Grace Isabella ($2,700 in contest earnings), trained by Robin Graham, is 6-5 on the morning line to break her maiden in a waiver claiming event. Grace Isabella is not in for a tag because the connections of Maryland-bred or -sired horses have the right to waive it under the conditions, and on top of the winner's share of the $33,000 purse, she's eligible for a 30% Maryland bonus.
If you are planning to attend on Black-Eyed Susan and Preakness days, note that first post time Friday is 11:30 a.m. and on Saturday it's 10:30 a.m. The Maryland Jockey Club assembled a loaded 14-race program for Friday; the Preakness day card will be drawn May 17.
Note: If you have a fantasy horse, remember you are always welcome to come down to the winner's circle should your horse win. Just let someone there know you are part of the Fantasy Ownership Challenge.
(Indian Paint photo by Tom LaMarra)