There's big money on the line at Laurel Park April 14 for three horses in the Fantasy Ownership Challenge.
In all, four contest horses are set to compete in Friday races, one of them at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races during its evening program. There were five, but standings leader Supervisor, who was entered in the seventh race—a $35,000 allowance test for Maryland-bred or -sired runners—at Laurel, was announced as a veterinarian's scratch earlier in the day.
The third race, a $40,000 maiden special weight event at one mile, drew a field of seven, three of which last competed March 18 in the same race at Laurel.
Gunpowder Farms' Indian Paint ($5,500 in contest earnings), Larry Johnson's Springtime Wind ($3,000) and Mrs. Frank P. Wright's Grace Isabella ($1,500) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively, in the maiden special weight event at Laurel 18. The winner of that event, Claravoyant, sits second in the standings with $28,500 in earnings.
At Charles Town, Two Old Ladies Stable's Sliding Lady ($1,350) is entered in race six, a $6,250 claiming test with a purse of $12,000.
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.
It had been a long time since Old Coach Farm's Eyerish Inspired had been in the winner's circle, but on April 8 in the seventh race at Laurel Park the gray 4-year-old filly rallied from ninth early in a field of 12 to get up in time to win a 1 1/16-mile claiming event on the turf.
The victory netted the Paddy O'Prado filly, bred in Maryland by Dark Hollow Farm, $16,302, which includes a state-bred bonus. That moved her to fifth in the Fantasy Ownership Challenge standings after her eighth-place finish March 18 produced no purse money. She dropped to sixth after Whiskey Sour won the second race at Laurel April 9.
It's a busy weekend at Laurel Park for horses in the Fantasy Ownership Challenge, with eight scheduled to race.
On Saturday, April 8, three horses are set to compete, all in the seventh race at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. It's the first day of turf racing this year.
Ram Racing Stable's Pardontori'sfrench ($1,650 in contest earnings), Walter Vieser II's Fed Up I'm Fired (no earnings yet) and Old Coach Farm's Eyerish Inspired (no earnings yet) are set to go in the seventh race; the first two show a decent effort or two on turf. Crookit also was entered to run only if the race moved to the main track and is expected to be scratched.
On Sunday, April 9, four horses are entered in three races on the program at Laurel.
Timothy Hopkins's Whiskey Sour, who was victorious March 18 to earn $13,982 and sits sixth in the standings; and MCA Racing Stable's Hey Willie ($1,125), who was fourth behind Whiskey Sour last time out, are entered in the second race. Hey Willie was claimed by leading trainer Claudio Gonzalez March 18 and moves up a notch in the $7,500 claiming event.
Burns Thoroughbred Racing's Banana Anna ($4,725 in contest earnings) is entered in the sixth race off the claim by trainer Willie Kee, and Brian McFarlane's Tiz Majesty ($1,000) is entered in the ninth race on the grass. The latter last time out finished behind standings leader Claravoyant in a maiden special weight event and drops in for a $25,000 claiming tag.
On Monday, April 10, the John Salzman Jr.-owned and -trained My Cotton Jones ($5,775 and 11th in the standings) is entered in the first race at Parx. The purse is $30,000 for the $10,000 claiming race.
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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.
(Photo by Jim McCue/MJC)
Now that we're about two weeks removed from the kickoff of the Fantasy Ownership Challenge at Laurel Park, contest horses should be reappearing in the entries.
A few already have, and they made enough purse money to move way up in the standings.