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Gold Wonder Upsets in Allen Lacombe Memorial

NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 7, 2009) - Kamel Sheena's Gold Wonder, under a heads-up ride by jockey John Jacinto, made the pace and finished strongly to pull an upset in the $60,000 Allen Lacombe Memorial Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds.

The winner, trained by Michelle Lovell, lit up the tote board with mutuels of $46, $16.80 and $9 and toured about one mile over the Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:38.45 after setting leisurely early fractions of 26.37 and 50.75.

"He was able to relax early - that's why he finished strong," said Jacinto. "I'd like to thank Michelle for letting me ride this horse back."

Gold Wonder increased his career earnings to $147,720 with his sixth lifetime win in 24 starts.

"I just let him ride his race," said Lovell of Jacinto's successful tactics.  "John just did a super job."

Get Rich Quick finished second, three-quarters of a length back, returning $5 and $3.60 while one length to the good of Antrim County, who paid $3.80.

Racing resumes Sunday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:35 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.