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Scherer Entry 1-2 in Monday FG Feature

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 19, 2009) - Thomas Dipiazza and Merrill Scherer's Shockin Blow took command in upper stretch and drew off late for a 6 1/4-length victory in Monday's featured $46,000 allowance for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds.

Shockin Blow covered the six furlongs in 1:11.36 under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. Winning for the second time in four starts, Shockin Blow increased his career earnings to $60,975, returning $3.60 $2.80 and $2.10.

Entrymate Silent Pipe, also trained and co-owned by Scherer, got up for second, finishing a half-length in front of Rew's Blues, who paid $3.20 for the show spot.

Dancensing made the early pace with fractions of 21.99 and 45.75 before tiring to finish fifth.

Racing returns to Fair Grounds Thursday with a 10-race program beginning at 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.