Apprentice Fontanez Pilots First Winner
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Arny Fontanez received a warm welcome after winning his first race.

Apprentice jockey Arny Fontanez earned his first career win Feb. 21 at Calder Casino & Racecourse, taking the third race aboard 30-1 shot Run Gia Run (VIDEO). 

After some bumping at the start of the six-furong maiden claiming event, the 3-year-old Cowtown Cat   filly was settled just off the early pace before seizing a one-length lead in early stretch. Fontanez kept her mind on her business as she cruised to a 1 3/4-length triumph. 
Charles Fontana owns and trains Run Gia Run, who was Fontanez's fourth career mount. 

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