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One Customer Wins $181K On Fair Grounds Pick 6

NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 22, 2008) - Despite four winners at odds of 8-1 or higher, one TwinSpires.com customer in Washington took down Fair Grounds' Pick 6 on Monday for a record payout of $181,201.80.

Jay Freeborne, a 41-year-old accountant from Seattle, hit the Pick 6 with a $216 ticket. "This is my mother of all scores, no doubt about it," he said.

The previous record for a Fair Grounds Pick 6 was $108,848, paid to two customers on closing day of the 1998-99 meet.

Monday's Pick 6 featured only two single-digit mutuel win prices: Sweet Lemonade ($7) in the sixth race, which opened the sequence, and Snow Delicious ($5) in the eighth, the only winning favorite. The other four winners were Belfast ($30.20) in the seventh, Leesville ($54.60) in the ninth, Sharbat ($24.60) in the 10th and Dynamite Babe ($19.20) in the 11th.

In Monday's feature, a $46,000 second-level allowance optional claimer on the turf, Sharbat rallied in the final strides to win by a neck over High Surf. Sweetness ‘n Light was third in the field of 12 fillies and mares.

The meet's leading rider, Francisco Torres, was aboard Sharbat for trainer Ralph Nicks. John Chandler owns the 4-year-old daughter of Dynaformer.

Sharbat, who is 2-for-2 lifetime on Fair Grounds' Stall-Wilson turf course, won for the third time in 10 lstarts and increased her lifetime earnings to more than $86,000. She covered about one mile in 1:39.80.

Fair Grounds is off through Christmas, as live racing resumes on Friday with a 10-race card. 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.