08/23/2005 11:00PM

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After its final session on Wednesday, the four-day Deauville yearling sale in Deauville, France, had sold a total of 325 horses for approximately $28,069,060, down 20 percent from last year. The average price was about $86,344, down 8 percent, and buy-backs rose from 25 percent to 27 percent. . . . A $160,000 Artax-Dixieland Fantasy colt, purchased by Bob Baffert, agent, from Beth Bayer, agent, topped Tuesday's first open session at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale in Ocala, Fla., Overall, the session sold 212 lots for $2,622,600, down 20 percent from last year when 240 horses sold, the average price fell slightly from $13,590 to $12,371, and the median also slipped, from $7,000 to $6,850, while buy-backs held level at 19 percent. . . . The University of Kentucky's Joe Hirsch Scholarship Fund will benefit from a golf tournament Monday, Oct. 10, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Golf Club in Lexington, Ky., at the beginning of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's annual Meeting and Marketing Summit. A $100 registration fee includes 18 holes, cart, box lunch, refreshments, and prizes. Additional information is available from Betsy Baxter at 859-422-2618. . . . Basil V. DeVito Jr., a television executive who served as the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's senior vice president for television and sponsorship from 1998-1999, has rejoined the organization as president of NTRA Productions. He succeeds Jim Wilburn. . . . Taylor Hole rode five winners, including four for trainer Ron Dandy, on Tuesday's 10-race program at Suffolk Downs. Hole was fourth in the Suffolk rider standings with 50 victories, and Dandy was second among trainers with 33 wins.