08/10/2003 11:00PM

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Kentucky Downs has reduced the purse for its biggest race, the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Turf, from $300,000 to $200,000, and cut the Kentucky Cup Mile purse in half, from $200,000 to $100,000. In announcing the reductions Monday, the track cited a revenue shortfall from off-season simulcasting and overpayment of purses last year. . . . Jockey James McKnight gained career victory 3,000 aboard Thunder Bull in Sunday's fifth race at Woodbine. McKnight, 51, began his career at Fort Erie in 1969, was based in Kentucky for several years, and has ridden regularly at Woodbine since 1991. . . . California stallion Richly Blended will relocate from Rancho San Miguel in San Miguel, Calif., to Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula for the 2004 season. Richly Blended, an 8-year-old son of Rizzi who won the 2001 Gotham and Withers stakes, will stand at Special T for $4,000 live foal, the same as in 2003. . . . Jockey Frank Douglas broke his right ankle before Sunday's second race at Laurel when his mount, Oral King, reared up in the gate and tossed him.