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Star Guitar Trumps Dixie Poker Ace Stakes at FG

NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 3, 2009) - Brittlyn Stable's Star Guitar showed he do more than sprint in capturing Saturday's $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace Stakes at Fair Grounds by a length.

The Al Stall Jr. trainee was triumphant in his first career start around two turns. So what's next?

"There's a race for him (on Feb. 7) at Delta Downs," said Stall.  "It's the Louisiana Premier Night Championship, and it's a $200,000 purse. I'm going for it, baby. Greed is good."

Always well placed, the Louisiana-bred 4-year-old was ridden by Corey Lanerie - scoring his second win of the afternoon - and took command in the late stages to accomplish the one-mile distance in 1:37.40 over the "wet-fast" main track.  The state-bred stakes was originally carded for the Stall-Wilson turf course.

Star Guitar paid $6, $5.80 and $4.20, and increased his career earnings to $212,600 with his fifth career victory from six lifetime starts.

Classy Deelites, who made the early pace with fractions of 24.09 and 47.55, saved the second spot at the wire, withstanding the late-closing Hallway by a nose.

The runner-up returned $11.40 and $7.60 while Hallway paid $6.00.

Racing resumes Sunday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:30 p.m.

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.