Two horses in the Fantasy Ownership Challenge dominated in victories the weekend of Oct. 14-15 in Pennsylvania and Maryland.
In the first race Oct. 15 at Laurel Park, Winning Way Racing Stable's Seeing'n'believing rated just off the early leaders, took over in the lane and drew off to a win by 12 3/4 lengths in an off-the-turf $15,000 claiming race. It was the third score for the 4-year-old Sightseeing filly since the start of the Challenge March 18 at Laurel.
Trained by Richard Sillaman and ridden by Sheldon Russell, Seeing'n'believing, who paid $4.60 to win as the second choice in a five-horse field, covered the one-turn-mile in 1:38.15 on a track rated fast. The filly made a significant jump in the Challenge standings thanks to the easy tally.
The $13,110 check pushed Seeing'n'believing's contest earnings to $54,070, which moved her from ninth to third in the standings—but not for long. Later on the Laurel Sunday program, Danny Limongelli's Flight Crew finished second in a close finish and earned more than enough to take back third-place in the standings.
Participate, now a close seventh in the standings, was entered in the first race but was scratched after the race was taken off the grass.
At Parx Racing Oct. 14, Burns Thoroughbred Racing's Banana Anna, trained by Alfredo Velazquez and ridden by Dexter Haddock, romped by 18 1/2 lengths as the even-money favorite ($4 to win) in a $5,000 claiming race at one mile and 70 yards. The 5-year-old New Jersey-bred mare by Kodiak Kowboy covered the distance in 1:43.41 on a track rated fast.
Banana Anna earned the $11,400 winner's share of the $19,000 purse to increase her contest earnings to $23,012. It was her first win since the Challenge began.
(Photo by Tom LaMarra)