02/18/2005 12:00AM

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Japan's best dirt horses face off Sunday at Tokyo Racecourse in the $1.75 million February Stakes, a one-mile Grade 1. Time Paradox and Admire Don, one-two in the 1 5/16-mile Japan Cup Dirt on Nov. 28, are the closely matched co-favorites. . . . Turf Paradise canceled the rest of its nine-race program Friday when the tracked was deemed unsafe after the first race. The Phoenix area has been pelted by heavy rains in the past week, and more was expected over the weekend, but racing was scheduled to resume Saturday . . . Keeneland will catalog 262 horses for its April 19 2-year-olds in training sale, three fewer than last year's record 265. Two under-tack preview days are scheduled for April 11 and 18.