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Leesa Lee, Perrodin, Win Sunday at FG
NEW ORLEANS, La. (November 16, 2008) - Larry Compagna's Leesa Lee gave jockey Louisiana-born jockey E. J. Perrodin his first victory at Fair Grounds in two seasons when the 5-year-old mare came rallied from last to win the $52,000 allowance feature Sunday.
The race was designed as a prep for the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint on Dec. 13.
Perrodin, seriously injured on the second day of Fair Grounds' 2007-08 meeting and out of action for most of the year, is now four wins away from the 3,000-win milestone.
Leesa Lee, trained by Perrodin's brother-in-law Patrick Mouton, increased her career earnings to $413,221 with her seventh victory in 28 career starts. The daughter of Leestown paid $16.80, $6 and $3.40 while accomplishing the three-quarters in 1:11.18 after early splits of :22.21 and :45.84.
Holding down the runner-up spot was Superior Storm, who paid $3 and $2.20 while finishing a length to the good of Carson City Babe, who returned $3.
Riding star of the afternoon, however, was Francisco Torres, who won the second on Trusty, the third aboard Delta Diamond, the fifth astride Bamboo Gap, and the seventh on Lucky Skat.
A second consecutive three-day week of racing to open Fair Grounds' 137th season begins Friday. First post is 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.