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Orthodox All the Way at Fair Grounds Monday

NEW ORLEANS, La. (February 23, 2009) -Orthodox broke in full stride to make all the pace under jockey Jesus Castanon and captured the $44,000 turf allowance feature for 3-year-olds Monday at Fair Grounds.

Orthodox paid $7, $4.60 and $2.80 and toured the about one-mile distance over a firm Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:40.39 after recording early splits of 26.27 and 50.32.  Trained by John Glenney, who co-owns the colt with his wife Kim, Orthodox increased his career earnings to $73,420 while winning for the second time in six starts.

Rabbit Tracks rallied late to be second under the wire, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, but was subsequently disqualified for interference in the stretch and placed ninth.

Southern Anthem was the adjudged second-place finisher, returning $9 and $5, while Oyster Cat was moved up to third and paid $2.40 to show.

Racing resumes Tuesday for a special Mardi Gras program of 10 races. 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.