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Gelding whose mother was rescued wins horse race

In this March 13, 2013, photo provided by Four Footed Fotos, Magna Fortuna, with jockey Julio Felix up, rides to a 9 3/4-length win during a horse race at Hawthorne Park in Cicero, Ill. The 3-year-old gelding whose name means “great luck” was the longest of long shots when he won a recent race. His mother, Lulu, was purchased for $300 at a slaughter auction by Gail Vacca, founder and president of the Illinois Equine Rescue Center. Vacca found out later that Lulu was pregnant when purchased. (AP Photo/Courtesy Four Footed Fotos)

In this March 13, 2013, photo provided by Four Footed Fotos, Magna Fortuna, with jockey Julio Felix up, rides to a 9 3/4-length win during a horse race at Hawthorne Park in Cicero, Ill. The 3-year-old gelding whose name means “great luck” was the longest of long shots when he won a recent race. His mother, Lulu, was purchased for $300 at a slaughter auction by Gail Vacca, founder and president of the Illinois Equine Rescue Center. Vacca found out later that Lulu was pregnant when purchased. (AP Photo/Courtesy Four Footed Fotos)

In this March 13, 2013 photo provided by Four Footed Fotos, Magna Fortuna, with jockey Julio Felix up, is walked on the track after winning a race by 9 3/4 lengths during a horse race at Hawthorne Park in Cicero, Ill. The 3-year-old gelding whose name means “great luck” was the longest of long shots when he won the race. His mother, Lulu, was purchased for $300 at a slaughter auction by Gail Vacca, founder and president of the Illinois Equine Rescue Center. Vacca found out later that Lulu was pregnant when purchased. (AP Photo/Courtesy Four Footed Fotos)

In this March 13, 2013 photo provided by Four Footed Fotos, jockey Julio Felix celebrates in the winner’s circle with owners after riding Magna Fortuna to a 9 3/4-length victory during a race at Hawthorne Park in Cicero, Ill. Gail Vacca, center, the founder and president of the Illinois Equine Rescue Center, purchased the horse’s mother at a slaughter auction and later found out the horse was pregnant with Magna Fortuna. Celebrating in the photo are members of Rescue Me Racing, a team of 16 partners who each own a share of the horse. (AP Photo/Courtesy Four Footed Fotos)


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