03/18/2004 12:00AM

Lone Star shifts jockey contest

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Lone Star Park has moved its annual jockey championship from June to October this year, hoping to build excitement leading up to the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which the track will host on Oct. 30. The newly named International Jockey Championship will be held on Oct. 28.

The format for the competition has been altered slightly. There will be nine jockeys instead of 12, and they will compete in three races instead of four, with each race worth a minimum of $50,000. There will be an additional $70,000 in prize money available to the riders, with the first-place prize set at $11,000.

Preference among invitees to the competition will go to jockeys who have won Breeders' Cup races.