01/27/2009 12:00AM

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Easy Grades, a 10-year-old earner of more than $559,000 and runner-up in the 2002 Santa Anita Derby, will retire to the Old Friends equine retirement facility in Georgetown, Ky., Old Friends founder Michael Blowen said. . . . Eric Rampolla of Piscataway, N.J., earned an all-expenses-paid trip to the Coast Casino Horseplayer World Series in Las Vegas on Feb. 19-21 by winning the Winter World Series of Handicapping at Penn National. Rampolla also collected $500 cash and his cash bankroll of $496 after starting the one-night contest with an $80 buy-in.