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'Power' Surges in Friday's Fair Grounds Feature

NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 19, 2008) - Carl Moore Management's Power Surge took command shortly after the start and continued willingly late to post a three-length victory in the $50,000 sprint feature for Louisiana-breds Friday at Fair Grounds.

Ridden by Carlos Gonzalez, Power Surge set early fractions of :22.24 and :45.92 before stopping the timer at 1:10.22 for six furlongs.

Trained by Bret Calhoun, the 4-year-old gelding returned mutuels of $11.20, $5.40 and $3.60 while increasing his career earnings to $240,990 with his fourth career victory in 18 lifetime starts.

Belend gained the second spot in the late stages, paying $4.80 and $3.60 while finishing a half-length to the good of Kat's Court, who returned $4.60.

Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with Santa Super Saturday, which will offer an All-Stakes Pick 5 wager and a $31,606 Pick 6 carryover on the 11-race program. First post is scheduled for 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.