Recapturetheglory Wins for Roussel Sunday at FG
NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 8, 2009) - Former Fair Grounds controlling owner Louie Roussel III won his first race of the current New Orleans winter season when his trainee Recapturetheglory, co-owned with Ronnie Lamarque, took Sunday's $46,000 allowance feature by 2 3/4 lengths.
Recapturetheglory, hero of last year's Grade II Illinois Derby and fifth in last spring's Kentucky Derby, came from just off the pace under jockey James Graham to draw clear in the late stages, returning $4, $2.40 and $2.10 while accomplishing the mile and 40 yards in 1:40.23.
Glamour Guy, who pressed the pace but could not withstand the late surge of the winner, paid $5.40 and $3 to place, while the front-running King Dan, who set early fractions of 24.44 and 48.25, weakened to third in the lane - 1 3/4-lengths behind Glamour Guy - and paid $2.40 to show.
The biggest week of the season begins Thursday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:35 p.m. Saturday is Louisiana Derby Day presented by Budweiser.
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.