A. P. Answer Wins Friday Fair Grounds Feature
NEW ORLEANS, La. (February 13, 2009) - J S Cubed's A. P. Answer withstood a late challenge from Catch the Luck to win Friday's $44,000 turf allowance feature at Fair Grounds by three-quarters of a length.
Ridden by Corey Lanerie, who posted a riding double for the third consecutive program, A. P. Answer paid $19.60, $5.40 and $3.60. He covered about 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.01 over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated good and increased his career earnings to $63,945 with his second victory in 12 lifetime starts.
Catch the Luck was clearly second best, returning $4 and $2.80 while finishing 1 1/2 lengths in front of Lemon Drop Magic, who paid $3.40.
Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:30 p.m. The $60,000 Chou Croute Handicap for older fillies and mares is the feature.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation's third-oldest Thoroughbred racing facility, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and nine off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. Fair Grounds' 137th Thoroughbred season will run from Nov. 14, 2008, through March 29, 2009, and its inaugural Quarter Horse meet was conducted from Aug. 20-24, 2008. Information about Fair Grounds can be found on the Internet at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.