Transduction Gold Wins Friday at Fair Grounds
NEW ORLEANS, La. (February 20, 2009) - Transduction Gold pressed the pace most of the way and took command late to win Friday's featured $48,000 allowance optional claiming grass test at Fair Grounds.
Ridden by John Jacinto and trained by co-owner John Glenney, Transduction Gold paid $8.80, $4 and $3.20, toured the about 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:45.53, and increased his career earnings to $440,473 with his fifth career victory in 25 lifetime starts.
Favored Sterwins closed late to gain the runner-up spot, one-half length behind the winner, and returned $2.60 and $2.20. Crested was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.
Gold Wonder recorded early splits of 24.95 and 49.83 before weakening to fourth position.
Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program, featuring the $125,000 Bayou Handicap for fillies and mares on the grass. First post is 12:30 p.m. CST.
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.