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Due Date Gets Up Late in Friday FG Feature

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 2, 2009) - Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein's Due Date rallied outside the leaders in the late stages to top British Medium by a head in Friday's $46,000 allowance feature on the turf at Fair Grounds.

Ridden by 2007-08 Fair Grounds leading rider Jamie Theriot and trained by Steve Margolis, Due Date paid $17, $8.60 and $6 after covering about 5 1/2 furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:05.36. He increased his career earnings to $70,105 with his third victory in 13 lifetime starts.

Longshot British Medium, who made a bold bid along the rail before being caught by the winner, returned $22.20 and $11.60 and was clearly second best while finishing a length in front of Cya Later Bert, who paid $3.80.

Giant Hit made the pace with early splits of 23.21 and 47.99 before weakening to finish fifth.

Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:30 p.m. The $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace Stakes for Louisiana-breds at about one mile over the grass 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.