08/24/2005 11:00PM

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Because of a record number of entries, the Fasig-Tipton auction company will add sessions to its Maryland and Kentucky fall yearling sales, expected to include 900 yearlings each. The Maryland auction in Timonium will be extended to three days and run from Oct. 3-5, while the Kentucky auction in Lexington will run from Oct. 24-26. . . . At Wednesday's third session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's August yearling sale, a $100,000 Favorite Trick-Marshua Mella filly was the session-topper, purchased by Lonnie Arterburn from Tara Stables, agent. The session ended with 188 yearlings sold for $2,087,100, down from last year's $2,933,600 for 234 lots. . . . The New York State Racing and Wagering Board on Thursday upheld a ruling to fine owner Sanford Goldfarb $1,000 for violating a rule that prohibits an owner from transferring ownership in a claimed horse within 30 days of the claim. The board said that Goldfarb claimed the horse Cap out of the first race at Belmont on May 16 and subsequently transferred ownership to Lawrence Roman three days later. . . . The National Turf Writers Association has named three award winners for 2004: Trainer Nick Zito will receive the association's Mr. Fitz award for "typifying the spirit of racing;" Jay Privman, a correspondent for Daily Racing Form, was named winner of the Walter Haight Award for excellence in turf writing; and Pete Pedersen, a former steward in Southern California, won the Joe Palmer Award for "meritorious service to racing." The awards will be presented at a dinner on Oct. 26 at Jericho Terrace in Mineola, N.Y.