Perrodin Gets 3,000th Win Friday at Fair Grounds

NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 5, 2008) - Barely a year after a career-threatening injury, jockey E.J. Perrodin won his 3,000th career race aboard He's Royal Dee in Friday's ninth race at Fair Grounds.

The milestone win came in typical Perrodin fashion, with a last-to-first rally in the stretch to be best by a head at the wire.  The winner, trained by Perrodin's brother-in-law Patrick Mouton for owners Steve and Patricia Roe, paid $14.60 to win.

"If there was any place I wanted to reach this milestone," said Perrodin, "I wanted it to be right here at the Fair Grounds."

Last Nov. 28, while sitting on 2,987 career wins, Perrodin sustained a cracked pelvis in a pre-race incident that kept him out of action until this summer.

A benefit crawfish boil was organized by Perrodin's fellow riders in March to help the popular reinsman offset medical expenses during the long recovery process.

When he returned to the saddle, Perrodin won eight races in the latter portion of the Louisiana Downs meet earlier this year and scored his fifth win of the Fair Grounds meet on Friday.

Perrodin has 64 career stakes wins at Fair Grounds, including victories in three of the four Grade II stakes - the 1983 New Orleans Handicap with Listcapade, the 1988 Fair Grounds Oaks with Quite A Gem, the 1993 Fair Grounds Oaks with Silky Feather and the 2003 Explosive Bid Handicap (now the Mervin Muniz Memorial) with 84-1 longshot Candid Glen.

Earlier Friday, Irish-bred Myboycharlie, a Group I winner in France making only his second U.S. start, led every step of the way to capture the about 's $48,000 allowance feature at about a mile on the turf.

The winner, now owned and trained by Cody Autrey, was cleverly rated by 2007-08 Fair Grounds leading rider Jamie Theriot, setting early fractions of :24.44 and :49.19 before getting a final time of 1:38.76 over the firm grass going.

Myboycharlie proved best by a length and a quarter at the wire, returning mutuels of $10, $6.20 and $4.20, while increasing his lifetime earnings to $426,300 with his fourth victory in eight career starts.

Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program featuring the $60,000 Pago Hop Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at about one mile on the grass. 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.