It has been musical chairs at the top of the Fantasy Ownership Challenge standings for a few months now, and the game continued July 4 when Yes Mz Adah earned $24,000 for a victory at Parx Racing and jumped to top of the earnings' list.
Yes Mz Adah, who was based at the Pennsylvania track when she shipped to Laurel Park for one race March 18, the day horses were drawn randomly for the Challenge, has won three in a row since the claim by owner Andrew Sulley and trainer Patricia Farro. The connections obtained the 4-year-old Yesbyjimminy filly for $12,500, and she has more than quadrupled the investment.
Emmanuel Esquivel has been aboard Yes Mz Adah for her three consecutive victories at Parx.
For Fantasy Ownership Contest participants who drew Yes Mz Adah, the winner's share of the $40,000 purse for the July 4 starter allowance event on the turf pushed the filly's contest earnings to $64,070, which puts her more than $8,400 ahead of Indian Paint. The latter took the Challenge lead less than two weeks ago when she defeated one horse in a scratched-filled off-the-turf allowance race at Delaware Park.
"Is it December yet?" said Tom Pendergast, one of three fantasy owners of Yes Mz Adah. "Six months to go but it sure has been fun."
Fantasy owners of the top five horses in the Challenge standings will share in monetary awards after the final results are tallied Dec. 31, the day the contest concludes. The about 40 horses in the contest have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars in races since the March 18 kickoff at Laurel.