Danny Limongelli's Flight Crew, who kicked off the Fantasy Ownership Challenge March 18 with a victory, soared to the top of the contest standings with a win in a $52,000 allowance race on the turf at Pimlico Race Course May 20.
Flight Crew, a 4-year-old colt by Elusive Quality, entered the race with $16,388 in contest earnings and sat 10th in the standings. The $29,640 winner's share of the purse on Preakness Day pushed his bankroll to $46,028, about $12,000 more than Indian Paint, who took a short-lived lead in the standings with a third-place finish in an allowance race at Pimlico the previous day.
Trained by Hugh McMahon, who scratched Ruth Less Blue, the other half of the Limongelli entry in the second race, Flight Crew made the most of only his second start on the turf. He finished seventh on the grass in a 1 1/16-mile maiden race at Indiana Grand last September but got the job done in the five-furlong turf event at Pimlico.
Katie Davis rode the winner, who paid $21.20 to win and covered the distance in :58.30 on a course rated good after overnight rain. Flight Crew was claimed by Limongelli for $10,000 at Churchill Downs last November and shipped to the Mid-Atlantic region.
(Photo by Tom LaMarra)