Honorable Flight takes wing, wins Pimlico's Vanlandingham

September 19, 1993

C & T Stable's Honorable Flight stormed to the lead midway through the turn and won by nearly seven lengths in yesterday's $56,200 Vanlandingham Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Larry Reynolds rode the winner over 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 46 1/5 seconds on a sloppy track. Sent away at $3.60-1, Honorable Flight returned at $9.20, $5.40 and $3.80.

"My only question was if he could handle the sloppy track," said winning trainer Dale Capuano. "Even though he'd never gone farther than six furlongs, I knew Honorable Flight could stretch out today."

Triumphant in three of five career starts, Honorable Flight pushed her career earnings past the $60,000 mark. The Vanlandingham was the second consecutive stakes victory for the 2-year-old colt.

"The key to the race was breaking sharply," said Reynolds, who posted a two-win afternoon. "After that, I waited to see what the pace would be and Honorable Flight just relaxed. He really responded when I asked for more in the final furlong."

Long shot British Raj finished second, worth $12.60 and $6. Riverinn was third and paid $3. The favored Hold My Tongue, shipped in from New Jersey, was a well-beaten fifth.

"He tried to get out on the first turn," said Mike Luzzi, who rode Hold My Tongue. "I couldn't do anything with him. He just ran as green as grass."

Miscellaneous

Pimlico will offer full-card, commingled simulcast wagering on Philadelphia Park on Tuesday beginning Sept. 21. The Philadelphia Park signal will also be available at all Maryland simulcast sites, including Laurel Race Course. . . . Jockey Don Miller, a former top apprentice on the Maryland circuit, returned to Pimlico yesterday. "I may stick around for Sunday," he said, "but then it's back to Kentucky. I may end up in New Orleans for the winter." . . . King Leatherbury saddled three winners. . . . Nickel's Stable color-bearer, Smart'n Noble, seeks her fifth consecutive win and heads the field in today's $50,000 Queen Empress Stakes. Trained by Richard Delp, the filly has three stakes victories. The 11-race program includes simulcast wagering on the Grade II Molson Million (featuring Kentucky Derby victor Sea Hero, Belmont Stakes hero Colonial Affair and Canadian Triple Crown Winner Peteski). Post time is 1 p.m.

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