03/09/2004 12:00AM

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Apprentice Mick Ruis won half of Monday's 10 races at Turf Paradise, including four in a row. The five victories gave Ruis, who has been riding five days a week at Santa Anita and only Mondays and Tuesdays at Turf Paradise, a 35-win margin over his nearest rival among Turf Paradise jockeys. . . . Jair du Cochet, the French-trained jumper who was expected to be the second favorite behind Best Mate in next Thursday's Cheltenham Gold Cup, was euthanized after he broke his right hind leg during a workout at Les Mathes, France. The gelding was 7.