05/17/2004 11:00PM

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The final Nielsen rating for the last hour of NBC-TV's Preakness Stakes broadcast was a 7.7 with a 19 share, NBC said Tuesday, up 35 percent over the same segment of the broadcast last year. The rating for the entire program will be available Thursday. . . . The long-awaited return of France's top two fillies might occur in Sunday's Prix d'Ispahan at Longchamp, where Six Perfections and Nebraska Tornado could hook up in the Group 1 race for older horses. The two are among 27 horses still eligible for the race after Tuesday's five-day forfeit stage.