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Former Venezuela Horse of Year Unsuccessful in U.S. Debut

My Own Business, Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old colt in his native Venezuela last year, finished sixth in his U.S. debut Wednesday at Saratoga. Carrying top weight of 120 pounds and facing six domestic competitors, My Own Business was ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Carlos Morales in the 1 1/8-mile, $57,000 allowance test.

John's Call Tops New York Workout Tab

Trillium Stable's John's Call breezed four furlongs on the main track in :49 3/5 this morning, as the 10-year-old gelding seeks back-to-back victories in the Sword Dancer Invitational. John's Call became of the top turf horses in the country last year when he drew off to win by 9< lengths in the Sword Dancer.

Hap Scores Again in Baruch

Hap Scores Again in Baruch

Michael Paulson and Edward White's Hap made it two consecutive Bernard Baruch (gr. II) victories when he easily pulled away from the field to score by two lengths over a 'good' Saratoga turf course. Hap covered the nine furlongs in 1:47.00 under Jerry Bailey.

Galileo Shoots for the Stars; Jockey Gets Court Order to Ride

Galileo, the undefeated winner of the Epsom and Irish Derbies this year, squares off against Fantastic Light and 10 other runners in what promises to be a stirring rendition of the group I $1.07 million King George and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes at Ascot. The race will be telecast live on ESPN News Saturday at 10:45 a.m. eastern time, and replayed Sunday on ESPN2 at 5:30 p.m. eastern.

Million Preview Day Set at Arlington

A trio of grade III races run on the same day for the first time makes up Saturday's Million Preview Day at Arlington Park outside Chicago. The races are set up as a prep for Aug. 18, when the meet's premier day of racing goes with the Arlington Million, Beverly D., and Secretariat Stakes.

Tiznow -- He's Baaaaack

Tiznow, trying to regain the form that made him 2000 Horse of the Year, turned in a sizzling five-furlong workout Thursday caught by clockers in 59 1/5. Chris McCarron, injured during a spill in New York last week, nevertheless was aboard the son of Cee's Tizzy for the spin around the Del Mar oval.

Seven Turf Specialists Vie in Eddie Read

Seven Turf Specialists Vie in Eddie Read

Seven hard-hitting turf horses, headed by millionaire Native Desert and millionaire-in-waiting Irish Prize and including a pair trained by Robert Frankel, are set to go in Saturday's 28th running of the grade I, $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap at 1 1/8 miles on Del Mar's Jimmy Durante Turf Course.

Albert To Prove Greatness in Whitney

Multiple graded stakes winner Albert the Great is out to prove his greatness when he takes on seven rivals in Saturday's $750,000 Whitney Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga Race Course. The Nick Zito-trained Albert the Great will carry 124 pounds under jockey Jorge Chavez in the 1 1/8-mile event.

Youbet To Open Oregon Hub a Month Early

Youbet.com will begin taking bets through its new Oregon wagering hub in August, a month earlier than expected. Once the hub is operating, customer can beginning wagering on racetracks once offered exclusively through the TV Games Network. Youbet.com is anticipating significantly higher revenue by the first quarter of next year.

Del Mar Stakes Taking Shape

Sheikh Maktoum al Maktoum's Irish Prize, trained by Neil Drysdale and winner of three straight graded stakes, will carry top weight of 122 pounds as he heads a potential field of perhaps six for Saturday's grade I, $400,000 Eddie Read Handicap. For raw excitement, Sunday's grade II, $250,000 San Diego Handicap could rival last Sunday's Bing Crosby showdown between Kona Gold and Caller One.

Tiznow Sharp in Latest Workout

Tiznow Sharp in Latest Workout

Tiznow clocked a sharp :48.60 for four furlongs Friday morning over Del Mar's main track in his preparation that trainer Jay Robbins hopes will lead to a run in the Del Mar Breeders' Cup Handicap at a mile on Sunday, September 2.

NTRA Vouchers Mailed; Redeemable July 28

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced 1.23 million mystery mutuel vouchers worth $4.3 million, including a $1 million grand prize, have been mailed to consumers. The vouchers are redeemable for cash on July 28 at participating racetracks and OTBs. A second mystery mutuel voucher promotion is slated for Nov. 23.

Coaching Club Oaks Final Jewel in Tiara

The number of 1 1/2 mile dirt races in America for quality horses can be counted on one hand. Saturday's $350,000 Coaching Club American Oaks, the final leg of New York's Triple Tiara for 3-year-old fillies is run at this majestic distance, just like its male counterpart, the Belmont Stakes (gr. I).

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