When the Washington International is run at Laurel Race Course in washington on Saturday (9 November), the "favourite" will almost certainly be the French horse Dahlia.
When the Washington International is run at Laurel Race Course in washington on Saturday (9 November), the "favourite" will almost certainly be the French horse Dahlia. Since she began training in the United states on 8 October, she has had three victories in the North American continent, and had successes in five countries.
If Dahlia wins the International, she is almost certain to become the American Horse of the Year. She is already almost certain of the same honour in England, having won the King George the Sixth Stakes at Ascot, and the Benson and Hedges Gold Cup at York. It will be the second year running she has won the English title.
Though trained by Frenchman Maurice Zilber, and running under French colours, Dahlia is nevertheless American-bread and American-owned. Strangely enough, she has never run her best races in France.
The field for Saturday's International consists of nine thoroughbreds from five countries; three from the United States, three from France, and one each from England,Ireland and West Germany.
The man who started the Washington International, President of Laurel Race Course, John Shapiro, hopes that one day the race will have gained so much in reputation that it will be regarded as the World championship race. He certainly foresees the possibility of the prize money eventually rising to a million dollars.