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Jockey Francisco Torres Out Indefinitely After A. M. Spill

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 9, 2009) - Jockey Francisco Torres will be out of action for an indefinite period of time after tests Friday revealed a fractured clavicle.

Torres was thrown from a 3-year-old filly trained by Mark Frostad near the half-mile pole during morning workouts Thursday.

Initial tests proved negative, but when pain persisted, Torres sought a second opinion Friday morning, when the fracture was revealed. Torres said he will see a specialist early next week, at which time he expects a more definitive time frame on his absence.

Through Thursday, Torres ranked second in Fair Grounds' rider standings with 30 wins from 205 mounts, including a pair of four-win days. His mounts have earned more than $825,000, which leads all riders.

The filly had just completed a four-furlong workout from the gate and was galloping out when she collapsed and died.

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.