Break New Ground Captures FG Sunday Feature

NEW ORLEANS, La (January 11, 2009) - Koji Maeda's Break New Ground gained command in mid-stretch and took a three-quarter length victory in Sunday's $44,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Fair Grounds.

Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. for trainer Jeff Thornbury, Break New Ground paid $21.40, $11, and $6.60. She covered about 5 1/2 furlongs over a firm Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:05.42 and increased her career earnings to $52,880 with her second win from six lifetime starts.

Runner-up Geniver returned $7.40 and $4.80, while third-place runner Ford Gallop paid $2.60.

Grand Finesse made the early pace with fractions of 22.89 and 47.33 before tiring to finish fifth.

Six-time Fair Grounds leading rider and Eclipse Award finalist Robby Albarado was the riding star of Sunday's 10-race program, winning with his first four mounts of the afternoon.  The Louisiana native won the second, third, fourth and sixth races.

The racing week concludes Monday with a 10-race program. First post is 12:30 p.m. CST.

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.