12/31/2002 12:00AM

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The new Keeneland Library has been awarded a Special Eclipse Award, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced Tuesday. The library is located at Keeneland Race Course in Lexington, Ky., and contains more than 10,000 books, 100,000 news and trade publications, and 225,000 photos and negatives. . . . Michael Clevenger of the Louisville Courier-Journal has won the Media Eclipse Award for photography, the NTRA said Tuesday. Clevenger's winning photograph was of jockey Victor Espinoza acknowledging the Churchill Downs crowd after winning the Kentucky Derby on War Emblem. . . . Emily Ring ($3.80), ridden by James Lopez for trainer Blackie Huffman, earned her second straight stakes victory in Monday night's $78,400 New Year's Eve Handicap for fillies and mares at Mountaineer Park. . . . The 6-year-old stallion Abuzaid (Nureyev-Elle Seule, by Exclusive Native), originally scheduled to enter stud at Milfer Farm in New York, instead will begin his stud career at Dutchess Views Farm in Pine Plains, N.Y. Abuzaid, a winning full brother to Irish champion Mehthaaf, will stand for $2,500 in 2003. . . .Jockey Alex Solis, who was injured in an accident last Saturday, took off his mounts again on Tuesday, but planned to return for Wednesday's races at Santa Anita. . . . Jack Carter, a third-generation owner and trainer, died at 85 of heart failure Dec. 10 in Saint Cloud Hospital in Saint Cloud, Fla. . . . New Jersey Gov. James E. McGreevey is considering starting a push for video lottery terminals at the state's racetracks, according to a Tuesday story in The Star-Ledger of Newark.