05/07/2002 11:00PM

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The Hempstead Handicap, a Grade 1 race for fillies and mares scheduled for June 22 at Belmont Park, has been re-named the Ogden Phipps Handicap, it was announced Wednesday following the monthly meeting of the New York Racing Association Board of Trustees. In addition, the purse was raised from $250,000 to $300,000. . . . Virginia Governor Mark Warner will be the keynote speaker at the Virginia Thoroughbred Association's 25th annual awards dinner on Friday at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. . . . Nancy C. Kelly has been named vice president of development for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. Kelly was previously the director of development at Grayson, which funds equine research. . . . Television Games Network announced Wednesday that it had opened 7,500 accounts from April 25-May 4, the busiest 10-day period in its history, and took in more than $8 million in bets. Betting on last weekend's Kentucky Derby was $2.8 million, up 200 percent over last year's handle, TVG said. . . . New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. set a Kentucky Derby Day record, taking $8.7 million in wagers, shattering the previous record by $1 million. More than $4 million was wagered on the Derby, also setting an OTB record.