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Davy Jones will be in Lexington Sunday for the High Hope Steeplechase and its Chaser's Eve party on Saturday. A former member of The Monkees, Jones is a fitting host for the weekend's events as he holds an amateur rider's license and owns and operates a farm in Florida. The 36th annual High Hope Steeplechase is again at the Kentucky Horse Park. Gates open at 10:30 a.m. The first event, terrier races, begin at noon. Post time is 2 p.m. The card includes the $25,000 Coca-Cola Sport of Kings Stakes over jumps and the Blood-Horse Sportsman's Challenge. The day's proceeds benefit Central Kentucky Riding for the Handicapped and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. For information visit or call (859) 255-5727...The Belmont Stakes is three weeks away, but the Belmont Stakes Festival begins May 19 with the Floral Park Youth Council's 5K run. The day includes events for children, a one mile race, and a 5K run. Everything starts at the Long Island Rail station in Floral Park. Another event in the festival, the June 1 Elmont Children's Olympics, takes place at Dutch Broadway Elementary School in Elmont. That includes nine events for kids. Some children in the area already have a link to Belmont Park--many have taken field trips to the racetrack in the last year. For information about these and other related events, call (516) 488-6000, ext. 574...Trainers John T. Ward Jr., Bobby Frankel, Carl Nafzger, and Nick Zito will judge the 68th annual Yearling Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The event is sponsored by the Maryland Horse Breeders and offers more than $40,000 in prizes. For information call (410) 252-2100...On May 24 the Kentucky Horse Park will open its latest special exhibit Horses of the Civil War . It will look at the role of the horse on and off the battlefield and includes memorabilia from private and public collections. For more information call (800) 568-8813.

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