06/23/2004 11:00PM

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Rafael Bejarano, the nation's leading rider in races won, has committed to ride at least 3 mounts at Canterbury Park on Claiming Crown day, July 17. Bejarano, 22, will have the call aboard Rough Draft in the $50,000 Bayer Animal, Cherokee Prospect in the $50,000 Pepsi Express, and Quote Me Later in the $100,000 Rapid Transit. . . . A decision by the Italian Jockey Club on the appeal filed by Gary Stevens over his 20-day suspension for refusing to ride his mount in the Premio Tudini in Rome on May 30 was put on hold Thursday. Stewards have yet to interview the doctor who had given Stevens a certificate stating that he was not fit to ride the horse, Sopran Foldan, whom Stevens claims had been injured on its way to the start. . . . Christophe Soumillon, the leading rider in France, has been given a 15-day suspension for causing a spill at Maisons-Laffitte on Wednesday in which Anthony Carre was severely injured. Carre was still in a coma Thursday. . . . Bankruptcy attorneys for Fair Grounds Race Course requested and received an extension for filing an amended Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan. The amended plan, originally due June 23, could be filed on June 25 and is expected to name Churchill Downs Inc. as the lead bidder in an auction of the track in bankruptcy court. . . . The Jockey Club has issued a reminder to stallion owners that reports of mares bred should be submitted no later than Aug. 1 in order to ensure timely receipt of service certificates. Stud farms may file their reports online at www.registry.jockeyclub.com.