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Bjs Dasher Wins City Park On FG Quarter Horse Opening Day

NEW ORLEANS, La (August 20, 2008) - Bjs Dasher captured the $40,000 City Park Stakes at Fair Grounds Wednesday, the opening day of the track's inaugural Quarter Horse meet.

Bjs Dasher's win allowed Alvin "Bubba" Brossette, no stranger to the winner's circle at Fair Grounds with 14 wins as a jockey on Louisiana Champions Day, to return there as a trainer.

"Champions Day was good to me," said Brossette, who has trained since retiring from the saddle in November 2006.

Bjs Dasher, despite being the morning-line favorite in the field of nine 2-year-olds, was dismissed as the third choice in the field. She paid $10.40 to win.

"She's a really nice filly," Brossette said. "She's just really honest and hard-knocking."

Star Ryons Load was second and Jess Comein Home finished third.

Live Quarter Horse racing continues through Sunday at Fair Grounds. First post each day is 3 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 will be preceded by its inaugural Quarter Horse meet from Aug. 20-24, 2008. Information about Fair Grounds can be found on the Internet at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.