12/17/2002 1:00AM

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Led by the $55,000 Ogygian mare Gaye's Locket, Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's one-day December mixed auction Monday sold 140 head for $946,700, up 78 percent from last year, when 121 lots sold. The average price rose 54 percent to $6,762, and the median climbed 17 percent to $3,500, but the buy-back rate was 41 percent, up from last year's 28 percent. . . . Nick Zito plans to appeal to a higher court a suspension and fine for a positive drug test more than two years ago, the trainer told the New York Post. Last week, the appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court upheld a decision by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board to suspend Zito for 15 days and fine him $2,000 because of a lidocaine positive for Mark's Miner in 2000. . . . Indiana Downs has agreed to pay a $400,000 fine and $150,000 in legal fees to settle a dispute with the Indiana Horse Racing Commission. The commission's executive director, Joe Gorajec, had said the track failed to disclose its relationship with Larry Mohr, a lobbyist who met with commissioners last year when they were considering the track's license application. . . . Apprentice Ryan Fogelsonger won four races at Laurel Park on Tuesday, the fourth time in the last 15 racing days he has posted a four-bagger.