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“Tex” reaches Mt. Rainier summit

July 31, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

by Michael Costanzo
Auburn, WA (July 30, 2006) - Flamethrowintexan made every call a winning one when defending his $100,000 Mt. Rainier Breeders' Cup title at Emerald Downs on Sunday.

The 11th running of the 1 1/8 mile race featured a field of 10 including Flamethrowintexan, the 4-5 wagering favorite, who was looking for his first victory of the season.

The 5-year-old son of Way West, trained by Jim Penney, broke from post nine with Ricky Frazier in the irons. The gelding went directly to the lead out of the gate while setting a quarter-mile fraction of 22 2/5 seconds and 45 3/5 for the half.

"This horse is peaking just when he needs to," Frazier said. "I thought if he was good enough he'd beat these horses and that's just what happened today."

Coming out of the far turn Don'twritemeoff, a 46-1 longshot with Leslie Mawing aboard, mounted a charge, but Flamethrowintexan extended his lead to nearly five lengths at the wire.

"I thought I had a shot to win the race at the three-eighths pole," Mawing said. "When I got to the quarter pole he was rolling, but Flamethrowintexan was way in front of me."

"He's just an excellent horse," Frazier said. "These types of horses don't come along all the time."

Flamethrowintexan, owned by Grasshopper Stable, finished the race in 1:48 and paid $3.80, $3.20 and $2.60. Don'twritemeoff ran second and returned $24.40 and $10.60 while Bull Ranch hit the line third paying $3.60.

Flamethrowintexan's win earned him $55,000 and improved his record to 13-4-2 from 22 starts.

Penney said Flamethrowintexan would make his next appearance in the $250,000 Longacres Mile, Grade III to be run Aug. 20. "I'm confident he can come back in three weeks and run in the Mile," Penney stated. Penney has won the Longacres Mile four times.