07/16/2001 12:00AM

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Leonard Alexander, a longtime Florida horseman and president of the Tampa Bay Division of the Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association since 1994, died in Ocala Saturday at age 67 after a lengthy illness. "People might not realize it, but Leonard Alexander was the sole reason purses have more than doubled at Tampa Bay Downs since 1997," said Kent Stirling, executive director of the Florida HBPA. . . . Trainer John DeStefano has been suspended for 15 days by Belmont Park stewards because clenbuterol, a banned bronchial dialtor, was found in one of his horses after a race June 14, according to a report by The Associated Press. The horse, Luther Rose, finished first and lost his purse; DeStefano, who waived his right to appeal, was fined $2,000.