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    Emerald Downs Wrap, Thursday, July 19

    Private Fortune rallies past A Belle and a Cat to win Thursday's feature


    AUBURN, Wash. (July 19, 2012) – The classy Private Fortune took advantage of an early speed duel and rallied for a 1-¼ -length victory Thursday in the $12,700 Ashbaugh Beal Claiming Challenge Qualifying Event for fillies and mares at Emerald Downs.

    Patiently ridden by William Antongeorgi, Private Fortune ran one mile in 1:36.62 and paid $9.40, $4.40 and $3. Jim Penney, assisted by Kay Cooper, is the trainer for owners/breeders Fred and Debbie Pabst of Buckley, Wash.

    It was only the third win in 27 starts lifetimes for Private Fortune, but the 5-year-old mare has been stakes placed twice at Emerald Downs and now has earnings of $89,718.

    A Belle and a Cat, the 2-to-1 betting favorite ridden by Juan Gutierrez, was caught in a three-horse duel for the lead, emerged from the pack with a clear lead into the stretch, but yielded to the winner late. A Belle and a Cat paid $4 and $3.20.

    It was 4-¼ lengths back to Montelena, who overcame a slow start to finish third under Rocco Bowen and paid $4.40. Tweetie Pie, Satin Bouquet and Greenback Forest completed the order of finish.

    Greenback Forest, A Belle and a Cat and Tweetie Pie battled through taxing splits of :22.99, :45.37 and 1:10.37, while Private Fortune lagged in fifth place, some eight lengths behind the leaders. The eventual winner saved ground on the last turn, angled outside into the stretch, and collared A Belle and a Cat a furlong from the finish.

    NOTES: Leslie Mawing and apprentice Eliska Kubinova rode two winners apiece, and Mawing has at least one win each of the last 13 racing days…Owner Ron Maus and trainer Terry Gillihan swept the early daily double with 2-year-old gelding Justa Gusta ($3.80) and 8-year-old gelding I Am Thor ($6). Second-time starter Justa Gusta romped by 10-¾ lengths the opener, and the veteran I Am Thor scored his 11th win in 75 starts with a neck triumph in the second. I Am Thor’s last win at Emerald Downs had been Sept. 7, 2007, when the gelding capped a three-race win streak with a three-quarter-length victory under Nathan Chaves… Kubinova rode I Am Thor Thursday and is 12-for-51 in route races this season at Emerald Downs… Beginning with a Sunday win by Candy for Debbie, Gillihan and Maus have won with their last three starters…Doris Harwood was the other trainer with two wins Thursday—Memphis Beach ($5.40) in the third and Epic Cast ($3) in the seventh—and Harwood also claimed Greenback Forest for $15,000 on behalf of owner Oliver B. Holmes…2011 claimer of the meet Touch of Elegance ($7.40) scored her first 2012 win under Jennifer Whitaker in the fourth race. It was the 11th career victory for the 5-year-old mare, and the 395th Emerald Downs win for Whitaker …Live racing continues Friday with first post 6:15 p.m.


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