Theriot Rides Sunday Triple to Tighten FG Jockeys Race

NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 15, 2009) - Jamie Theriot, seeking a second consecutive Fair Grounds riding title, won three races on Sunday to tighten the local standings heading into the meet's final two weeks.

Theriot won Sunday's opener aboard Heflin and Driver Racing's Real Dilemma for trainer Cody Autrey, came back in the third with Southern Equine Stables' Cajun Conference for trainer Eric Guillot, and concluded his triple astride Mrs. Yoshio Fujita's Superb Ravi for conditioner Carl Bowman.

Through Sunday, Robby Albarado holds an 81-77 lead over Theriot in the jockey standings. If Albarado holds his lead, he would win an unprecedented seventh Fair Grounds riding title.

Jockey Carlos Gonzalez rode Griffon Farms' Isabella Symphoney to a three-quarter-length victory in Fair Grounds' $46,000 allowance feature Sunday.

Racing resumes Thursday at Fair Grounds. First post is 12:35 p.m. CDT.

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.