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Talkin Indian Wins Sunday's Fair Grounds Feature
NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 7, 2008) - Gary and Kathy Priest's Talkin Indian, ridden by Miguel Mena, split rivals in the late stages to capture Sunday's $44,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Fair Grounds.
Talkin Indian, a half-sister to 2004 Breeders' Cup Turf winner Better Talk Now, toured the about one-mile distance over the Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:39.72. She paid $15.80, $8 and $4, and increased her career earnings to $44,626 with her second win in eight lifetime starts.
Mena, who finished seventh in the jockey standings at Fair Grounds last winter with 45 victories, made his season debut in Sunday's feature.
Live Oak Plantation's Points of Grace got up to gain the place, returning $5.80 and $3.40 while finishing a head to the good of Irish-bred Altesse Imperiale, who paid $3.
Live racing returns to Fair Grounds Thursday with a 10-race program beginning at 12:30 p.m. CST. Next week's action is highlighted by the 18th Louisiana Champions Day on Saturday.
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.