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.
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