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City Zip (Carson City-Baby Zip, by Relaunch), who enters stud in 2002 at Gus Schoenborn, Jr.'s Contemporary Stallions in Coxsackie, N.Y., will stand for $7,500. A limited number of shares are available in the young horse, who won the Hopeful, Saratoga Special, and Sanford Stakes. . . . A charity auction held Friday by Fasig-Tipton for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities New York Heroes Fund raised $272,650, the NTRA said Tuesday. The highest bid was $125,000 for a season to Point Given, the retired winner of the 2001 Preakness, Belmont, and Travers stakes. . . . Delta Downs in Vinton, La., which is undergoing $30 million in improvements under new owner Boyd Gaming, will hold exhibition schooling races Thursday night to test operations at the track. The track's Thoroughbred meet starts Saturday. . . . Bob Curran Jr. has been named The Jockey Club's vice president for corporate communications. Curran, The Jockey Club's director of special communications services since 1998, will partially fill a position vacated earlier this year, when former Jockey Club spokesman Jim Peden retired.