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King Dan Wins Friday at Fair Grounds
NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 9, 2009) - Jack Randall and Tom Clark's King Dan quickly took command under jockey James Graham and drew off for a 4 1/4-length victory in the $44,000 allowance feature Friday at Fair Grounds.
Graham's second win on the afternoon moved him into sole possession of second place in the Fair Grounds jockey standings with 31 wins.
King Dan, trained by Dallas Keen, paid $47.80, $18.20 and $9.60 and covered the mile and 40 yards in 1:39.58 after early splits of 23.45 and 46.83. He increased his career earnings to $46,241 with his second victory in six starts.
Catch the Luck finished second, returning $4 and $3.60. It was another 3 3/4 lengths back to Klassi Berti, who finished third in the field of seven older horses and paid $3.80.
Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds for "Road to the Derby" Kickoff Day, an 11-race program that includes six stakes headlined by the $100,000 Grade III Lecomte Stakes for 3-year-olds. 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.