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Woodbourne Wins Friday Fair Grounds Feature
NEW ORLEANS, La (November 21, 2008) - Melnyk Racing Stables Inc.'s Woodbourne came from just off the early pace to take command in mid-stretch and draw off for a 1 3/4-length tally in Friday's Fair Grounds $44,000 feature at about 1 1/16-miles over the firm Stall-Wilson turf course.
Ridden by jockey Jesse Campbell and trained by Mark Casse, Woodbourne toured the distance in 1:45.95 after early splits of :24.17 and :49.33, and paid mutuels of $11.60, $6.20 and $4.40.
Flying Zombo finished second, 2 1 /4-lengths to the good of He's Solid Gold. Flying Zombo paid $5.20 and $3.60 while He's Solid Gold returned $9.80
Woodbourne increased his career earnings to $84,376 with his second victory in seven career trips to the post.
Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a pair of co-featured $60,000 5 1/2-furlong sprints for juveniles - the Old Hickory for 2-year-olds and the Pontalba for 2-year-old fillies. First post time is 12:30 p.m.
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.