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'Secret' Gets Away in Tenacious Handicap at FG
NEW ORLEANS, La. (November 29, 2008) - Sand & Cee Stables' Secret Getaway took command in upper stretch and drew off for a convincing 2 3/4-length win in the $60,000 Tenacious Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds.
Secret Getaway, a 3-year-old son of Skip Away, returned mutuels of $9, $4.40 and $3 as the second choice in the wagering. The winner increased his career earnings to $299,014 with his fifth win in 10 career starts.
The 44th Tenacious, for 3-year-olds and up, was run on a sloppy main track as rain fell at Fair Grounds for a second consecutive day. Secret Getaway covered the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:45.06.
"What a monster!" said jockey James Graham, who combined with trainer Michael Stidham for back-to-back wins on Saturday's card. "This is a big, happy horse and you're going to be hearing a lot more from him."
Good and Lucky, who pressed the pace in the Tenacious, could not stay with the winner but was easily second best, finishing three lengths to the good of favored Mambo in Seattle.
Good and Lucky returned $8.20 and $4.20, while Mambo in Seattle paid $2.60.
Stonehouse, who set early fractions of :24.31 and :48.20, held on to save fourth position.
"He (Secret Getaway) just keeps improving," said Stidham. "He seemed to be traveling a lot better today. He's running the right way, now."
The racing week at Fair Grounds concludes with a 10-race card Sunday. First post returns to the regular start of 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.