Star Guitar in Tune for Another Champions Day Run at FG

NEW ORLEANS, La. (November 23, 2008) -Brittlyn Stable Inc.'s Star Guitar stamped himself as a strong contender for a return engagement on Louisiana Champions Day next month with an impressive three-length victory in the featured $48,000 allowance sprint for state-breds Sunday at Fair Grounds.

Trained by Al Stall Jr. and confidently ridden by regular jockey Curt Bourque, Star Guitar returned $4.20 $2.80 and $2.20 and while touring the six furlongs in 1:10.80 after early splits of :21.93 and :45.87 were recorded. The sophomore son of Quiet American increased his career earnings to $116,100 with his third win from four starts.

Star Guitar began his career last fall at Fair Grounds with a maiden victory and a triumph in the Champions Day Juvenile. After being injured in early January while prepping for Fair Grounds' Grade III Lecomte Stakes, Star Guitar returned to action with a third-place effort at Louisiana Downs Sept. 25.

Finishing second in Sunday's feature was Pantara Phantom, returning $4.60 and $3.40, while a length and three-quarters back in third was Karakorum Large, who paid $4.

Following three dark days, racing returns to Fair Grounds on Thanksgiving Day with a special early post time of 12:15 p.m.  The 83rd running of the $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap for sprinters is the feature.

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.