11/25/2002 12:00AM

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Delta Downs in Vinton, La., has more than doubled the purse for its inaugural Delta Princess for 2-year-olds fillies to $250,000. The one-mile race, which had been announced at $100,000, is to be run on Dec. 20, a night before the track's richest race in history, the $500,000 Delta Jackpot, and the track plans to offer a double on the two races modeled after the Kentucky Oaks/Derby double at Churchill Downs. . . . The Tattersalls December sales got under way Monday in Newmarket, England, with a session-topping $589,680 Spectrum filly to open the yearling session. Monday's session sold 165 yearlings for a total of $5,424,892, nearly double the amount for last year's 103 lots, for an average price of $32,878, up 18 percent. . . . Mike Rowland, the leading rider at Thistledown, will be sidelined for the next three or four weeks with a broken right leg. The injury occurred when a horse Rowland was schooling in the gate Friday morning flipped. . . . The fourth race at Remington Park on Saturday was declared a no-contest after one of the starters, Proper Affair, dropped her rider at the start, ran in the wrong direction, and met the field of 11 horses head-on in the stretch, forcing horses to be eased. There were no injuries in the incident. . . . Two Pennsylvania tracks canceled racing over the weekend. Friday night's live program was canceled at Penn National Race Course when the jockeys refused to ride over a wet racing strip, and winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour prompted management to cancel Saturday's live racing at Philadelphia Park. . . . Robert A. Butcher has been named mutuel manager of Keeneland, effective Dec. 3, replacing Jerry Neff, who is retiring. Butcher had previously worked in the mutual departments at Calder and Gulfstream Park. . . . Indianapolis Downs has formally changed its name to Indiana Downs for its inaugural harness meet on opening Dec. 6. The dual-breed facility will hold 19 days of Standardbred racing in December and have a 30-day Thoroughbred meet from April 11 to May 26, 2003.