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Nans Joy Captures Thursday FG Feature

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 29, 2009) - Irish-bred Nans Joy rallied outside the early leaders and was up to be best by a length in Thursday's $48,000 allowance optional claiming feature for older fillies and mares on the turf at Fair Grounds.

Conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott and ridden by six-time Fair Grounds leading rider Robby Albarado, Nans Joy accomplished the about one-mile distance over the Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:39.82. She returned $5.60, $3.60 and $2.60 and increased her career earnings to $156,663 with her fourth victory in 20 lifetime trips to the post.

Apple Martini rallied in the late stages to gain the second spot, paying $5 and $3.40 while finishing a nose to the good of Pretty Squall, who returned $4 after setting slow early fractions of 26.26 and 50.60.

Racing resumes Friday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program with a first post time of 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.