03/02/2005 12:00AM

Turf Paradise track report


Rider Leslie Mawing grabbed the headlines last week when he reached the 1,000-win plateau, but Wilson Dieguez has quietly dominated the jockey standings this meet.

Through Tuesday, Dieguez had 84 wins, 17 more than last year's leading rider, Mick Ruis. The top five is rounded out by Scott Stevens (58), Jorge Carreno (55), and Kyle Kaenel (55). Last year, Dieguez finished the meet second in the standings with 115 wins, 17 wins behind Ruis.

Dieguez also leads the meet with six stakes wins, guiding the region's top distaffer, Muir Beach, to three stakes wins and one of the area's leading 3-year-olds, Lead for Speed, to another stakes victory. Both runners are trained by Dan McFarlane, who is second in the trainer standings with 37 wins, behind only Troy Bainum, who has 43.

* Arizona became the fifth jurisdiction to rejoin the Association of Racing Commissioners International in the past nine months.

"Arizona looks forward to benefiting from RCI's strong database, extensive resources, and association with progressive parimutuel jurisdictions," said Geoffrey Gonsher, director of the Arizona Department of Racing. "We were impressed with RCI's restructuring during the past few years that has resulted in a professional, responsible organization. We intend to be an active participant in discussions of industry issues that affect the regulation of parimutuel racing in order to protect racing participants and the wagering public."

Maryland, New York, Oregon, and Virginia have all joined RCI in the past nine months, increasing the association's membership to 29 jurisdictions.