06/15/2001 11:00PM

Rockingham cancels two cards

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Rockingham Park canceled on Saturday its live racing cards for Monday and Wednesday after only four races filled for Monday, with seven horses each. No effort was made to fill a Wednesday card, according to a track spokesman.

The New England Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association and Rockingham are locked in a dispute over the percentage of revenue from simulcasting that is allocated for purses. Horsemen are asking for 5.25 percent, up from the current 4 percent.

Rockingham has been operating without a purse contract since it opened June 10, and contract negotiations were stalled as of the weekend.

The track obtained a restraining order Friday prohibiting horsemen from blocking the sale of Rockingham's simulcast signal, and horsemen responded with a boycott of the entry box.

A hearing was scheduled for Monday in a New Hampshire district court to determine if the horsemen's right to withhold the simulcast signal is valid.