08/03/2001 12:00AM

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The Dubai World Cup Committee has confirmed that the seventh running of the $6 million Dubai World Cup will be held at Nad Al Sheba on Saturday, March 23, 2002. The $15 million card that night will have added luster, as the Dubai Sheema Classic, the Dubai Duty Free, and the Dubai Golden Shaheen have all been upgraded to Group 1 status, while the UAE Derby and the Godolphin Mile have been upgraded to Group 2. . . . Jim Valentine, 58, died Friday morning of a heart attack at his home in Scottsboro, Ala., Valentine worked as a Teletype operator for Daily Racing Form from 1968-88.