- Published: Saturday, 06 January 2018 14:30
A timely and successful trip to Pennsylvania in September proved the deciding move that gave Gunpowder Farms’ Indian Paint the top spot in the 2017 Fantasy Ownership Challenge sponsored by the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, Maryland Jockey Club and Maryland Horse Breeders Association.
The Challenge, launched March 18 at Laurel Park as part of a Fantasy Owners Day promotion that included a seminar on Thoroughbred ownership, offered $50,000 in prize money to the “owners” of the top five horses based on their earnings through Dec. 31. The horse’s names were drawn randomly by those who participated in the new owner seminar. Indian Paint, a 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly trained by Kelly Rubley, who is based at Fair Hill Training Center, won three races in 2017, all of them in the contest period. She won a maiden special weight event at Laurel in April, an allowance race at Delaware Park in June, and another allowance race at Parx Racing in September, and also had a second and third in allowance company during her campaign.
Indian Paint’s contest earnings were $111,745 according to official Equibase statistics. The promotion encouraged several people to invest in racehorses, including Cara Neary of Alexandria, Va. Neary is one of the three “owners” of Indian Paint.
Neary on March 18 visited the Taste of Victory Stables booth, got information on partnerships, and eventually invested in two 2-year-olds purchased by Laurel-based trainer Phil Schoenthal at the Fasig-Tipton Timonium sale in May.
The first to race, the filly Hercatwillfoolu, won a maiden special weight at Timonium in her second start and then finished second in an allowance race at Laurel. The second one, Maryland-bred Cherryandthehawk, finished a close second in her second start in a waiver/maiden-claiming race at Laurel Dec. 29.
The horses are owned by Taste of Victory Stables and Schoenthal’s Kingdom Bloodstock. “From that perspective, this is what (Fantasy Owners Day) was intended to do,” Schoenthal said.
Each of the top five horses had three “owners,” and the prize money will be awarded as follows: $30,000 for first, $10,000 for second, $5,500 for third, $3,000 for fourth and $1,500 for fifth. The three owners will split their share equally.
The MTHA, MJC and MHBA congratulate the winners, who are as follows: First place (Indian Paint) – Cody Favata of Chesapeake Beach, Md.; Kate Gehret of Lewes, Del.; and Cara Neary of Alexandria, Va.
Second place (Participate) – Bruce Casella of Voorhees Township, N.J.; Michele Kuegler of Manchester, N.H.; and Rob Thomsen of Baltimore, Md.
Third place (Yes Mz Adah) – Denise Heim of Ellicott City, Md.; James McIntyre of Annapolis, Md.; and Tom Pendergast of Palmyra, Pa.
Fourth place (Seeing’n’believing) – Guy Botterill of Parkton, Md.; Kevin O’Keeffe of Baltimore, Md.; and Fredrik Otter of Rockville, Md.
Fifth place (Flight Crew) – Glenn Garelik of Falls Church, Va.; Mindy Miller of Mt. Laurel, N.J.; and Bill Norris of Severna Park, Md.