02/05/2004 1:00AM

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Gene Hargrove, a retired trainer who raced in the Northeast for much of his career, died in Fayre, Okla., on Monday after battling cancer. He was 78. . . . A forecast of rain prompted Tampa Bay Downs to reschedule the $100,000 Endeavour Stakes from Saturday to Tuesday, Feb. 10. The Endeavour, slated for 1 1/16 miles on the turf, has drawn the nomination of 48 fillies and mares. . . . Ice that prevented maintenance crews from getting the racetrack into shape for racing forced Penn National to cancel its live cards for both Wednesday and Thursday nights. . . . Delta Downs was forced to cancel the final two races of its 11-race card on Wednesday night because of inclement weather. . . . Sam Houston Race Park received approval from the Texas Racing Commission on Thursday to cancel the final four Thursdays of its Thoroughbred meet, March 18 and 25, and April 1 and 8. Track officials told commissioners that it could maintain current purse levels of $102,000 a day by dropping the dates.