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House of Silver Wins Friday at Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, La. (February 27, 2009) - John Gunther's House of Silver, under a well-judged ride by jockey Jesus Castanon, led from flag fall to finish in the $46,000 turf allowance feature Friday at Fair Grounds.

House of Silver held off a late challenge by Fifty Five to be a half-length the best at the wire.

Trained by Wally Dollase, saddling his eighth winner at the local meeting, House of Silver toured the about 1 1/16-mile distance over the Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:43.57 after recording early splits of 23.65 and 47.98.  The winner paid $5.40, $3.60 and $2.40, and increased his career earnings to $127,260 with his third lifetime win in 11 career starts.

Fifty Five paid $12.20 and $ 6.40 in the runner up spot while finishing 1 3/4 lengths in front of Sir Rabbit, who returned $4.60 for the show position.

Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program featuring two stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds - the $60,000 Gentilly and the $60,000 Sarah Lane's Oates. First post 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.