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FG to Offer Biggest Pick 6 Carryover in 4 Years Monday

NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 21, 2008) - The first six-figure Pick 6 carryover at Fair Grounds in four years awaits customers for the first Monday card of the season after 23-1 longshot King Zeus captured Sunday's final race.

A carryover of $100,066 is at stake Monday, which is Fair Grounds' largest since a $117,499 carryover was at stake almost four years ago to the day, on Dec. 23, 2004. Monday's Pick 6 sequence opens on the sixth race, with a post time of 2:50 p.m. CST.

In Sunday's $48,000 allowance optional claiming feature, Heflin and Driver Racing's Island Warrior held on to withstand Outta Tune by a nose, giving Cody Autrey a training triple for the afternoon and the lead in Fair Grounds' trainer standings.

The winner returned $7.40, $4.20 and $3.20, covered the six-furlong distance in 1:09.75 and increased his career earnings to $281,420 with his seventh win in 17 lifetime starts.  Outta Tune paid $6 and $3.80, with Success Success finishing third another length and three-quarters back.

First post Monday at Fair Grounds 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.