03/06/2003 1:00AM

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The Grade 3, $250,000 Tampa Bay Derby has closed with 38 nominations while 25 fillies are eligible for the Grade 3, $150,000 Tampa Bay Oaks. Region of Merit, Strength Within, and Aristocat are the top contenders pointing to the Derby while Ivanavinalot could rule a strong favorite in the Oaks. Both 1 1/16-mile races will be run March 16. . . . The California Horse Racing Board ordered all racetracks in the state to shut off their signals to a Native American casino in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, effective March 7 while the board "completes its review of allegations that Coeur d'Alene is accepting wagers from California residents in possible violation of state law," the CHRB said on Thursday. Earlier this week, the CHRB said that the signal must be cut off to Coeur d'Alene beginning with the Hollywood Park meet on April 23 and the Bay Meadows meet on April 2. . . . Bruce Garland, the vice president for racing for the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, has been elected to the board of the National Thoroughbred Racing Associa-tion, replacing Joe De Francis, the president of the Maryland Jockey Club. De Francis was required to give up his seat because the position he held is reserved for an independent mid-Atlantic racetrack, and the MJC recently closed a deal to sell a majority stake to Magna Entertainment, which already has a seat. . . . There were 30 winning tickets on the pick six at Oaklawn Park on Thursday, which had a meet-high carryover of $205,487. The payoff was $15,971. There were also 809 consolation tickets, which paid $112.60. Including the carryover, the total pick six pool was $667,378.