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With the Kentucky Derby coming up, sportswriter Joe Drape of The New York Times has a winner with his new hardcover, "The Race for the Triple Crown," just out from Atlantic Monthly Press for 25 bucks. Drape's one of the younger and more felicitous Times sportswriters and has a can't-miss story of "the sport of kings." And did I ever tell you of the time I sat atop Triple Crown winning Omaha?

Why am I not surprised that despite the recent market meltdown, ABC Cable's 24-hour soap opera channel SoapNet increased its subscriber base from 4.5 to 8.4 million in the last six months?

Elle Decor has a new interior design director, Mitchell Owens.

Janet Guyon was named European editor at large by Fortune. She writes from London, enjoys the occasional cucumber sandwich.

House Beautiful has a new associate publisher, Jeanne Noonan Eckholdt, named by David Arnold.

Michael Grossman will be pitching in with edit and design ideas for Real Simple magazine in his new role as Time Inc. editor at large. He worked on Saveur and Garden Design.

ON! Magazine (which used to be called Time Digital) hired Christopher Camps as marketing director.

Out on the West Coast YM now has its own entertainment editor, Martine Bury.

This year's Hugh Hefner First Amendment Awards will be parceled out at the Waldorf on May 18. Playboy Foundation and the Creative Coalition sponsor, Billy Baldwin emcees.

Ready for some cheerful advertising news? Ed Kelly at American Express Publishing Corp. says Food & Wine was up 11% for May and T&L Golf up 17% for May/June.

Retailing expert John Koz-lowski now heads fashion and retail merchandising at GQ.

David Morris, Entertainment Weekly prez, says the "pink sheets" arrived and show newsstand sales up 5% for the second half of 2000 over the '99 period. Let's hear it for Editor Jim Seymore. Morris says despite challenges "facing the industry ... it looks to be a good, strong year for EW."

Stealth Press, which publishes hardcover editions of out of print books and sells direct via the Internet, named Bob Teufel its board chairman. He'd been prez of Rodale.

The USO is still out there, still working for the troops. It hold its annual "women of the year" luncheon May 24 at the Pierre in Manhattan. Joan Rivers and Kitty Linder of Verizon are honorees.

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