Laurel's Washington, D.C. International, 30 runnings old and in peril of fading to also-ran (maybe even not run) among thoroughbred turf classics:
Don't count 10 over it yet. Count (a possible) $1 million.
John D. Schapiro, Laurel president and originator of the event, has taken out insurance in that sum meant to attract the world's best grass runners by making the International part of a double-barreled big triple.
A horse would win the $1 million by sweeping England's King George & Queen Elizabeth in midsummer, France's Arc de Triomphe in October, and the 31st International at Laurel Nov. 6. Or the Rothman's in Canada Oct. 17, Turf Classic in New York Oct. 23 and the D.C.
"An intriguing incentive," says Schapiro, "to horsemen in both Europe and North America" . . .
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