01/23/2002 12:00AM

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Tampa Bay Downs plans to cut overnight purses by 10 percent beginning Jan. 29 because of reduced revenues from simulcasting. Tampa, hurt this meet by a boycott by six state affiliates of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association that have refused to allow signals from their tracks to be sent to Tampa, will cut purses $10,000 to $12,000 a day, to approximately $85,000. . . . Turf Paradise in Phoenix and three greyhound tracks in the state have formed the Arizona Racetrack Association in order to lobby for expanded gambling. The group is seeking video lottery terminals and will meet with state legislators for the first time on Friday. . . . Song of the Moment, a 4-year-old California stakes-winner by River Special, brought $72,000 as Tuesday's top lot at the Barretts January mixed sale in Pomona, Calif. Sid and Jenny Craig bought the filly, out of the Secretariat mare Memorable Moment, from Mr. and Mrs. John C. Mabee's Golden Eagle Farm. . . . The Ontario division of the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society will be running both the 2-year-olds in training sale and the open mixed and breeding stock sale this year at Woodbine. The open sale was formerly run by Canadian Breeders Sales. . . . Gerald Nielsen was appointed president of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders Inc. on Monday. . . . The Maryland Racing Commission delayed the approval of any purse cuts at Maryland Jockey Club meets this year at a meeting on Wednesday after track and horsemen's officials clashed on the targets of the cuts. The commission said a decision would be made at the next meeting in late February.