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Tensas Yucatan Wins FG's Thursday Feature
NEW ORLEANS, La. (January 8, 2009) - James Spence's Tensas Yucatan took command entering the stretch and drew off late to win Friday's $52,000 filly and mare allowance feature at Fair Grounds by nine lengths.
The Louisiana-bred daughter of Ide trained by Morris Nicks and ridden by Patrick Valenzuela paid $13.40, $5 and $3.20 and increased her career earnings to $366,877 with her sixth victory in 15 lifetime starts. She accomplished the one-mile distance in the race transferred to the main track in 1:37.73.
Carson City Babe, who set early fractions of 23.87 and 47.70, could not stay with the winner late but was easily second best, finishing 3 1/4 lengths in front of third-place runner Exciting Empress.
Carson City Babe paid $6 and $3.80 and Exciting Empress returned $7.
Racing resumes Friday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:30 p.m. On Saturday, an 11-race program featuring six stakes races makes up the bulk of "Road to the Derby" Kickoff Day.
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.