08/26/2006 12:00AM

Private Banking wins Marina


ALBANY, Calif. - Private Banking ($11.40), last until entering the stretch, rallied strongly to win the $50,000 Marina at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday.

"It's so easy," winning jockey Frank Alvarado said after catching Katdogawn late to win by a neck in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

"They said to take her back and don't worry about the pace. Let her roll from the 3/8ths and keep her outside."

Alvarado followed instructions perfectly, sitting last as Midwife set tepid fractions of 24.50, 49.21 and 1:12.37. Despite the easy fractions, she offered little resistance in the lane when Ghurra and Katdogawn challenged her.

Katdogawn edged clear from Ghurra but couldn't hold off Private Banking, who ran 1:42.96 for her first stakes victory. She finished second under Alvarado, beaten one-half length in the Moment to Buy here last year.

The victory, worth $27,500, was her fourth in 14 starts and second straight. She won an allowance race at Hollywood Park on June 29 in her previous start. The 4-year-old filly trained by Ron McAnally has now earned $137,662 for owner Arnold Zetcher.