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Woodbourne Wins Sunday at FG
NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 22, 2009) - Melnyk Racing Stables' Woodbourne, never far back, continued willingly late under a determined ride by jockey Jesse Campbell to best A. P. Answer by a half-length in Sunday's $46,000 allowance optional claiming turf feature at Fair Grounds.
Trained by Mark Casse, the Ontario-bred by Danzig toured the about 1 1/16-mile distance over the Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:48.24, increased his career earnings to $121,176 with his third win in 10 lifetime starts and returned mutuels of $10.60, $5.40 and $4.20.
A. P. Answer, who made or forced the pace in early splits of 26.27 and 52.17, could not withstand the winner in the late stages but gamely held the place, paying $6.20 and $4.
Terryhowieandjimmy finished third, a neck farther back, and returned $5 for the show.
Racing returns to Fair Grounds Friday for the final three days of the season with a nine-race program beginning at 12:35 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.