Favorites Fall In FG Stakes Saturday

NEW ORLEANS, La (August 23, 2008) - It was a bad day for odds-on favorites Saturday at Fair Grounds, as the prohibitive choices of the public were beaten in all three Quarter Horse stakes.

In the $40,000 Lakeview Stakes, the finale of the stakes tripleheader, Gene and Kathryn Smith's First Down Toro went to the front and held off Seminole Injun for a 1 1/2-length win.

First Down Toro, with John Hamilton aboard for trainer Alvin "Bubba" Brossette, covered the 870 yards in :45.21.

Seminole Injun, who came in off a pair of resounding stakes wins at Delta Downs, was the 0.10-1 favorite, but could not overcome a slow break and tight quarters early.

In the Mid-City Stakes for Louisiana-breds, M.C. Morris' McM Dozen Dasher ($10.60) held off 0.50-1 favorite Ab Hope For Cash. McM Dozen Dasher, trained by Heath Taylor and ridden by Jerrod Deschamp, sprinted the 400 yards in :20.04.

In the Garden District Stakes for 2-year-olds, Pete Scarmardo's A Lil Tres Seis rallied to take a half-length win, while 0.30-1 favorite Sr Superstar broke slowly and finished fourth in the field of five.

A Lil Tres Seis, trained by Janet Van Bebber and ridden by Alfonso Lujan, covered the 350 yards in :17.75.

The inaugural Quarter Horse meet at Fair Grounds concludes with a 10-race card on Sunday, headlined by the $40,000 Vieux Carre Stakes. First post is 3 p.m. CDT.

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 will be preceded by its inaugural Quarter Horse meet from Aug. 20-24, 2008. Information about Fair Grounds can be found on the Internet at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.