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House of Silver Wins Friday at Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 23, 2009) - John Gunther's House of Silver alternated for the early lead, drew clear briefly and then withstood a late bid by Naturalyontherocks to win Friday's $44,000 turf allowance feature at Fair Grounds by a half-length.

House of Silver, a Wally Dollase trainee ridden by Jesus Castanon, paid $5.40, $3 and $2.60, covered the about one-mile distance over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated firm in 1:38.09 and increased his career earnings to $99,660 with his second victory in 10 lifetime starts.

Naturalyontherocks paid $3.20 and $2.60, while finishing seven lengths to the good of third-place runner A. P. Answer, who returned $4.20 in the show spot.

BK's Clearanceisle dueled for the early lead with the winner, establishing splits of 24.61 and 48.53 before tiring to finish ninth.

Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:30 p.m. and featuring a field of 14 in the $60,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares.

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.