Normandy Shore Lands as FG Friday Longshot

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 30, 2009) - April McCurry's Normandy Shore made the pace and continued willingly for a 1 3/4-length upset victory in Friday's $48,000 allowance optional claiming feature at Fair Grounds.

The winner, ridden by Jamie Theriot and trained by Ronny Werner, paid $43.40, $14 and $8.60. Normandy Shore accomplished the six furlongs in 1:10.25 after early splits of 22.09 and 45.71, and increased his career earnings to $71,280 with his fourth career win from 10 lifetime starts.

Carson's Legacy held on to finish second after prompting the pace, returning $5.40 and $4, while finishing a head in front of Spin Master, who paid $3.60.

Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with an 11-race program featuring the tradition-rich $60,000 Black Gold Stakes for 3-year-old sprinters on the turf.  Post time for the first race 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.