02/17/2005 1:00AM

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Susan Bala, the owner and president of the North Dakota rebate shop Racing Services Inc., has appealed her conviction for running an illegal gambling business and laundering money, The Associated Press reported. A lawyer for Bala, who was convicted Feb. 4 on 12 felony counts, is arguing that the government did not present any evidence that Bala broke the law. . . . Hong Kong invader Cape of Good Hope can capture his first Group 1 victory at Moonee Valley on Saturday when he faces nine rivals in the Group 1, $294,000 Australia Stakes. Third in the five-furlong Lightning Stakes two weeks ago at Flemington, Cape of Good Hope will face a new challenge from Super Elegant, a two-time Group 1 sprint winner.