03/02/2006 12:00AM

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A winter storm forced the cancellation of racing at Aqueduct Thursday but other tracks in the Northeast proceeded with their cards. Laurel presented eight races in a light rain and drizzle while Charles Town and Penn National planned to run evening cards. . . . Roye McClain, an assistant starter most recently at Tampa Bay Downs, died Sunday at his home in Tampa at age 37 of an undisclosed cause. McClain had previously been an assistant starter at Suffolk Downs, Gulfstream Park, Hialeah, Louisiana Downs, and other tracks. . . . Jockey Dean Butler notched the 1,000th victory of his career when he rode Whose Career to a 7 1/2-length victory in the last race Wednesday night at Turfway Park.