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Shytoe Lafeet Slight Choice in FG's Fortin Handicap

NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 19, 2009) - John Wieczorek's Shytoe Lafeet, who finished fifth as the favorite in last month's Bayou Handicap, gets a chance to make amends in the $60,000 Fortin Handicap for older fillies and mares on the Stall-Wilson turf course Saturday at Fair Grounds.

The featured race will be contested at about 1 1/16 miles over the local lawn and has attracted an overflow field of 13, including one main track only entrant and two others on the also-eligible list.

Shytoe Lafeet has been installed as the tepid 3-1 morning line favorite.  Prior to the Bayou, the 6-year-old mare twice finished second to Stormy West, initially by three-quarters of a length in the Furl Sail Handicap Dec. 27, and also in the Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap Jan. 24 when beaten a length.

Shytoe Lafeet will carry 120 pounds. The Louisiana Derby-winning tandem of trainer Larry Jones and jockey Gabriel Saez will reunite once again with Shytoe Lafeet on Saturday.

Shouldering the top impost of 121 pounds in the Fortin is Bayou Handicap winner Love to Tell, the 9-2 second choice in the morning line.  Trained by Mike Burgess, the 4-year-old filly will have jockey Justin Shepherd returning in the irons.

From the rail out, with jockeys and weights, the Fortin field consists of Sharbat, Francisco Torres, 116; Love to Tell, Shepherd, 121; Dance to My Tune, Jesse Campbell, 116; You Dancing Devil, Brian Hernandez Jr., 116; Nans Joy, John Jacinto, 118; Apple Martini, James Graham, 116; Tizaqueena, Jamie Theriot, 116; Shytoe Lafitte, Saez, 120; Pretty Squall, Corey Lanerie, 118; and Mizzcan'tbewrong, Miguel Mena, 118.

Also entered is Unforgotten, Shaun Bridgmohan, 117, entered for main track only, as well as two also-eligibles: Dictina Too, Torres with a second call, 115; and New Edition, Bridgmohan with an alternate assignment at 115 pounds.

First post time for Saturday's 11-race program, which kicks off the penultimate weekend of the Fair Grounds season, 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.