10/03/2002 12:00AM

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Oasis Dream (6-1) stepped up to Group 1 company most impressively Thursday at Newmarket, taking the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes for 2-year-olds by 1 1/2 lengths over Tomahawk in course-record time of 1:09.61 for six furlongs. The 3-2 favorite, Elusive City, was a neck back in third. . . . Apprentice Ryan Fogelsonger rode five winners Wednesday at Pimlico. It was the second time he has accomplished the feat in the past two weeks. . . . Purses at Oaklawn Park will average a record $235,000 to $240,000 a day during the track's 54-day meet, which opens Jan. 24 and runs to April 12. Last year, daily purses averaged close to $225,000.