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Jockey Donnie Meche Thrown from Mount, Taken to Hospital

Updated Sunday 4:50 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 28, 2008) - Jockey Donnie Meche was injured, but suffered no broken bones, when he was thrown from his mount in Sunday's first race at Fair Grounds.

Meche was aboard the 3-year-old filly Miss San Lilli, who was running third in a four-horse maiden claiming race when Meche was thrown just inside the three-sixteenths pole. He appeared to be kicked by the trailing horse, Karens Magic Shoes.

Meche was conscious but remained on the track for several minutes, then was taken off on a stretcher and transported to Tulane Medical Center. X-rays were negative, according to Meche's agent, Rick Mocklin.

Mocklin said Meche is "sore" and would likely take off his mounts Monday, but hopes to ride by Wednesday,

Meche, 34, is a native of Rayne, La. He has six wins from 117 mounts at the meet. His Fair Grounds career highlights include wins in the 2001 Louisiana Derby aboard Fifty Stars and the 2000 Fair Grounds Oaks on Shawnee Country.

Miss San Lilli was euthanized with multiple fractures to her right front ankle.

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.