04/07/2006 12:00AM

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Churchill Downs has named Scott Jordan as its new starter, the track announced Friday. Jordan, 35, has worked on the Churchill gate crew since 1995, and since 2002 had been top assistant to Roger Nagle, who was fired in February. . . . Former jockey Jose Valenzuela, cousin of retired jockey Milo Valenzuela and a relative of leading Santa Anita rider Patrick Valenzuela, died Monday in Ceres, Calif., at age 72. He is survived by four children, 11 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.