The U.S. colt, Droll Role, won the 1972 "Washington D.C. International" event at Maryland's Laurel?
The U.S. colt, Droll Role, won the 1972 "Washington D.C. International" event at Maryland's Laurel Race Course last night (Saturday 11 November). Prize money for the event reached $150,00 (US) (GBP60,000 sterling), and attracted entries from Japan, Britain, Malaysia, Ireland, France, Canada and the U.S.
Droll Rolle won from two British entries; ridden by Willie Carson, and Steel Pulse, ridden by William Williamson.
The Malaysian entry, Jumbo Jet, ridden by favoured British Jockey, Lester Piggott, was put out of the event when he was brought down at the half-way mark by Ireland's "Borean". Piggott and Borsen's jockey, Buster Parnell, were unhurt.
At least eight nations joined a satellite television hook-up to screen the race live.
SYNOPSIS: Laurel racecourse Maryland, USA, venue for the annual Washington International event. This year there wee ten acceptances from seven countries. Number three is Droll Role, one of three American starters, and number five is Mejiro Musashi, the Japanese Representative.horse number eight is San San, the sole entry from france.
Number one...Jumbo Jet from Malaysia, ridden by Britain's Lester Piggott.
Jockey Braulio Baeza is no Droll Role. Television viewers from at least eight nations were tuned in to a satellite hook-up of the event, which carried prize money of one-hundred-and-fifty-thousand dollars.
They're on the way, and as we pick them up in the open country on the far side of Laurel Raceway, it's Droll Role beginning to pull ahead on the outside. Halfway through the race, ireland's and Malaysia's hopes were dashed when Ireland's Boreen, ridden by Buster Parnell, stumbled and fell bringing down Lester Piggott's mount, Jumbo Jet, Droll Role went away to win.
Two British entries followed Droll Role home...Parnell, with Willie Carson, headed off Steel Pulse ridden by William Williamson.
The winning owner took home one hundred thousand dollars with twenty-five-thousand dollars to the second place-getter. Third place was worth ten thousand dollars.
For owner, John M. Schiff, and jockey, Braulio Baeza, a spot in American horse racing history, and the winners trophy.