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Washington, D.C. International Stakes

Grade I race
Washington, D.C. International Stakes
Location Laurel Park Racecourse,
Laurel, Maryland, United States
Inaugurated 1952
Race type Thoroughbred - Flat racing
Website Laurel Park Racecourse
Race information
Distance 1½ miles (12 furlongs)
Track Grass, left-handed
Qualification 3-Year-Olds and Up


The Washington, D.C. International was an American Grade I invitational horse race. Inaugurated in 1952, it was raced on turf in Laurel, Maryland at a distance of 1½ miles (12 furlongs), and drew the best horses from North America and Europe. It was held annually until 1994, when it was replaced by the Breeders' Cup Turf.

When it was founded by John D. Schapiro, owner of the Laurel Park Racecourse, it was the only international horse race in the United States. The International burst onto the racing scene and immediately became a world-wide news event. Until then, the idea of bringing horses from Europe and around the world to the United States for a specific race was, unprecedented. J. Samuel Pearlman, Editor of the "Daily Racing Form" and John D. Schapiro, owner of Laurel discussed the idea after the 1950 racing season ended. Less than a year and half later, the concept became a reality.[1]

Usually just called the "International," the race drew the best Thoroughbreds from the U.S. and Europe and was of such importance that in the 1960s, during the Cold War era, horses came from the Soviet Union.[1] In the 1980s the Washington, D.C. International was part of a million dollar bonus given to any horse who won it plus the Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto and the Turf Classic at Belmont Park in New York.

Few American horses excelled on the turf but some were specialists, while others built their great records on the dirt and then specifically switched over to the turf for the "International." U.S. Hall of Famer Kelso repeatedly won Horse-of-the-Year honors in the early 1960s and intrigued racegoers world wide with three successive second place finishes in the International. Then in 1964, the mighty gelding won the race in an American record time of 2:23.80. He had given the event international status in Europe by losing it, but then took it to another level (especially national) when he won it at age seven.[2]

The Washington, D.C. International Stakes was raced at a distance of 1½ miles from its inception in 1952 until 1986 when it was modified to 1¼ miles. With the exception of 1993 when it was raced at one mile, the International remained at 1¼ miles until its final running in 1994.

Run the Gantlet won the International in 1971 and his son, Providential, won it in 1979. Providential was owned by Bertram R. Firestone whose wife Diana won the race the following year with her filly, April Run.

During its illustrious career the D.C. International Stakes was won by horses from the United States 22 times, while the race was won by foreign representatives 21 times.

Contents

Records

Most wins:

Most wins by an owner:

Most wins by a jockey:

Most wins by a trainer:

Winners of the Washington, D.C. International

Year

Winner

C

Age

Jockey

Trainer

Owner

Time
1952 Wilwyn Flag of United Kingdom 4 Manny Mercer John C. Waugh Robert C. Boucher 2:30.80
1953 Worden Flag of France 4 Charles Smirke Georges Bridgland Ralph B. Strassburger 2:36.00
1954 Fisherman Flag of the United States 3 Eddie Arcaro Sylvester Veitch C. V. Whitney 2:47.80
1955 El Chama Flag of Venezuela 4 Raul Bustamente Jose Israel La Belle Carlos V. Rincones 2:36.20
1956 Master Boing Flag of France 3 Guy Chancelier Georges Pelat Andre E. Lombard 2:39.00
1957 Mahan Flag of the United States 6 Sam Boulmetis, Sr. Harry Trotsek Hasty House Farm 2:34.60
1958 Sailor's Guide Flag of Australia 6 Howard Grant J. Bowes Bond Jaclyn Stable 2:33.20
1959 Bald Eagle Flag of the United States 4 Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 2:28.00
1960 Bald Eagle Flag of the United States 5 Manuel Ycaza Woody Stephens Cain Hoy Stable 2:33.00
1961 T.V. Lark Flag of the United States 4 Johnny Longden Paul Parker Preston W. Madden 2:26.20
1962 Match II Flag of France 4 Yves Saint-Martin Francois Mathet Haras d'Ouilly 2:28.20
1963 Mongo Flag of the United States 4 Wayne Chambers Frank A. Bonsal Marion duPont Scott 2:27.40
1964 Kelso Flag of the United States 7 Ismael Valenzuela Carl Hanford Bohemia Stable 2:23.80
1965 Diatome Flag of France 3 Jean Deforge Geoffroy Watson Guy de Rothschild 2:28.20
1966 Behistoun Flag of France 3 Jean Deforge Joseph Lieux Alec Weisweiller 2:28.80
1967 Fort Marcy Flag of the United States 3 Manuel Ycaza J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stables 2:27.00
1968 Sir Ivor Flag of Republic of Ireland 3 Lester Piggott Vincent O'Brien Raymond R. Guest 2:37.20
1969 Karabas Flag of United Kingdom 4 Lester Piggott Bernard van Cutsem Benjamin Guinness 2:27.00
1970 Fort Marcy Flag of the United States 6 Jorge Velasquez J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stables 2:42.80
1971 Run the Gantlet Flag of the United States 3 Robert Woodhouse J. Elliott Burch Rokeby Stables 2:50.60
1972 Droll Role Flag of the United States 4 Braulio Baeza Thomas J. Kelly John M. Schiff 2:38.80
1973 Dahlia Flag of France 3 William Pyers Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:31.80
1974 Admetus Flag of France 4 Maurice Philipperon John Cunnington, Jr. Sir Michael Sobell 2:29.60
1975 Nobiliary Flag of France 3 Sandy Hawley Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:31.20
1976 Youth Flag of France 3 Sandy Hawley Maurice Zilber Nelson Bunker Hunt 2:46.20
1977 Johnny D. Flag of the United States 3 Steve Cauthen Michael Kay Dana S. Bray, Jr. 2:32.00
1978 Mac Diarmida Flag of the United States 3 Jean Cruguet Scotty Schulhofer Jerome M. Torsney 2:27.00
1979 Bowl Game Flag of the United States 5 Jorge Velasquez John M. Gaver, Jr. Greentree Stable 2:51.00
1980 Argument Flag of France 3 Lester Piggott Maurice Zilber Bruce McNall 2:30.20
1981 Providential Flag of the United States 4 Alain Lequeux Charlie Whittingham Serge Fradkoff 2:31.20
1982 April Run Flag of France 4 Cash Asmussen Francois Boutin Diana M. Firestone 2:31.00
1983 All Along Flag of France 4 Walter Swinburn Patrick Biancone Daniel Wildenstein 2:35.00
1984 Seattle Song Flag of France 3 Cash Asmussen Francois Boutin Stavros Niarchos 2:27.20
1985 Vanlandingham Flag of the United States 4 Don MacBeth C. R. McGaughey III Loblolly Stable 2:35.60
1986 Lieutenant's Lark Flag of the United States 4 Robbie Davis Howard M. Tesher Lowell T. Stevens 2:09.00
1987 Le Glorieux Flag of France 3 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Robert Collet Sieglinde Wolf 2:02.80
1988 Sunshine Forever Flag of the United States 3 Angel Cordero, Jr. John M. Veitch Darby Dan Farm 2:03.00
1989 Caltech Flag of the United States 3 Rene R. Douglas Eduardo Aspurua, Jr. David S. Romanik 2:07.60
1990 Fly Till Dawn Flag of the United States 4 Laffit Pincay, Jr. Darrell Vienna Josephine T. Gleis 2:01.20
1991 Leariva Flag of France 4 Edgar Prado David Smaga Thierry van Zuylen 2:06.40
1992 Zoman Flag of United Kingdom 5 Alan Munro Paul Cole Prince Fahd bin Salman 2:01.40
1993 Buckhar Flag of the United States 5 Jean Cruguet Willard C. Freeman John W. Meriwether 1:38.00
1994 Paradise Creek Flag of the United States 5 Pat Day William I. Mott Masayuki Nishiyama 1:59.60

See also

  • Washington, D.C. International Stakes top three finishers

Reference

  1. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 45 on March 3, 2007.
  2. 2007 Maryland Jockey Club Media Guide, page 45 on March 3, 2007.




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