Things really fell into place for Gundpowder Farms' Indian Paint, who jumped to the top of the Fantasy Ownership Challenge standings June 24.
Trainer Kelly Rubley entered the 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania and Delaware Park Saturday. The Parx race, a $47,000 allowance race, was scheduled for one mile and 70 yards on the turf, while the Delaware race, a $36,000 entry-level allowance test, was scheduled for 1 1/16 miles on the grass.
Indian Paint, who broke her maiden at Laurel Park in April, had never run on the grass. As it turned out, a line of storms that blew through Delaware and Pennsylvania in the morning led to both races being taken off the grass.
The Parx race was left with a four-horse field, and only two—one of them Indian Paint, who only had a short ship from the Fair Hill Training Center—ended up running in the Delaware race after eight scratches.
Two-horse fields aren't good for pari-mutuel handle, but this one was good for Indian Paint. Jockey Edwin Gonzalez urged her past What About Tonight heading for home and the filly drew away with ease to win by 11 lengths in 1:47.55 on a track rated fast.
Indian Paint earned $21,600 for the win, which pushed her contest earnings to $55,620, about $9,500 more than Flight Crew in second. The top two are followed by Yes Mz Adah, Participate and Claravoyant, who is scheduled to race Sunday, June 25 in an allowance race at Laurel.