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P. S. U. Grad Wins Thursday at FG
NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 19, 2009) - Michael Shustek and Don Stanley's odds-on favorite P. S. U. Grad got up in the final strides for a half-length win in Thursday's $48,000 filly and mare sprint feature at Fair Grounds.
The winner, ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. for Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen, paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.10. She toured the six-furlong distance in 1:10.23 and increased her career earnings to $201,243 with her fourth victory in 13 lifetime starts.
Angel's Share, who also closed late, paid $4.60 and $2.80 while clearly second best, finishing 3 1/4 lengths to the good of Catera, who paid $2.40 to show.
Magnetic Miss and Aronia alternated for the early lead with splits of 21.56 and 44.92 before tiring to finish seventh and fourth respectively.
Asmussen won three races on Thursday's program, increasing his meet-leading total to 83 as he has all but wrapped up his eighth Fair Grounds training title.
The top of the jockey standings remained unchanged. Neither six-time Fair Grounds leading rider Robby Albarado nor 2007-08 meet leader Jamie Theriot won a race on Thursday. Albarado has an 81-77 lead over Theriot.
Racing resumes Friday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program. First post is 2:50 p.m. CDT for the second of three Twilight Fridays.
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.