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Artic Jet Follows Snow with $198.60 Payoff at Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 12, 2008) - One day after New Orleans' first snowfall in four years, hunch players celebrated the highest win payoff of the winter when 98-1 longshot Artic Jet won Friday's eighth race at Fair Grounds.

Trained by John Savoy and ridden by Jose Riquelme, Artic Jet got up in the last jump to win by a nose. The 2-year-old daughter of Joe Who paid $198.60, $62.80 and $15.80.

On Thursday, Fair Grounds had its first winter weather cancellation in 19 years after snow fell throughout the morning in New Orleans. Friday brought clear skies and temperatures in the 50s.

The longshot winner ensured another carryover in Fair Grounds' Pick 6, which will be a season-high $11,098 for Saturday's 11-race Louisiana Champions Day program.

First post time Saturday is 12:30 p.m.

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.