05/09/2006 11:00PM

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A New York judge has ordered the New York Racing Association to restore the credentials of jockey agent Tony Stabile, who had been barred from NYRA grounds since last June for an alleged February 2005 altercation with a federal monitor overseeing NYRA business practices. The judge issued his order Tuesday after NYRA failed twice in a month to hold a second hearing for Stabile after he was not allowed to bring witnesses to the first one. . . . Empire Racing Associates, the company formed earlier this year to bid on the franchise held by the New York Racing Association, has formed a committee to study "issues affecting the safety and health of Thoroughbred racehorses," Empire announced Wednesday. The committee will look principally at Thoroughbred retirement issues and the use of synthetic racing surfaces.