King of Speed Rules on New Year's Day at Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 1, 2009) - Carl Moore's King of Speed celebrated his 10th birthday on New Year's Day with a 3 3/4-length victory in Thursday's $44,000 allowance feature at Fair Grounds.

King of Speed, making the 92nd start of his career, earned his 20th lifetime victory while covering the mile in 1:38.22.  The gelded son of Senor Speedy is trained by Bret Calhoun, who had a pair of winners on the day, and ridden by Miguel Mena, who was completing a Thursday riding triple.  The winner paid $6, $3.80 and $2.80.

Saratoga Vicar paid $7 and $4.40, while Gowden Mile was another three-quarters of a length back in third and returned $4.80 to show.

Lord of the Game, an 8-year-old graded stakes winner who was returning to action after more than three years away from competition, made the early pace in the race before weakening in the lane to finish sixth.

Lord of the Game, who claimed victories in the 2005 edition of Arlington's Grade III Hanshin Cup and Prairie Meadows' Grade II Cornhusker Handicap, set early fractions of 23.95 and 47.95 before giving way.

Racing resumes Friday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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.