06/11/2007 11:00PM

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An appellate court in St. Louis has rejected the U.S. government's plea to subject Susan Bala, the former president of a North Dakota offtrack betting network, to a new trial. The ruling came three months after Bala was released from jail after serving 18 months of a 27-month sentence on 12 felony counts of money-laundering and running an illegal gambling business, Racing Services, when the convictions were overturned. . . . Terry Meyocks, former CEO of the New York Racing Association, and Phil O'Hara, the former chief executive at Equibase Company, have formed a consulting company called Meyocks and O'Hara Racing Enterprises. The company will be based in Nicholasville, Ky., and will "focus on researching and evaluating potential acquisitions within Thoroughbred racing, including racetracks, industry service providers, and the formation of syndicates and partnerships," according to a release.