Win, generally considered to be the best turf horse in training in the United States, will not run Saturday in the Washington, D.C. International at Laurel if the track gets any softer than it was yesterday, said owner-trainer Sally Bailie.
Bailie walked the turf course at Laurel yesterday, not entirely pleased because, she said, her horse likes a course "as hard as concrete."
"If the race were tomorrow," said Bailie, who flew in from New York to check on the course, "we'd run. But any softer than it is and we'd have to think about scratching our horse."
Jeff Weissman, the Laurel linemaker, made Win 5 to 2 in the overnight odds line. Should he be scratched from Saturday's race, the son of Barachois will be taken to California to run in the Hollywood Turf Cup Dec. 8. That race is worth $500,000.
Weissman surprised many when he announced he would make the Woody Stephens-trained Creme Fraiche 12 to 1 and that Vanlandingham, winner of two Grade 1 races on dirt, is 15 to 1.
The entry of Strawberry Road II and Bob Back were made the second choices at 3 to 1. Drawing for post positions will take place at noon today.
Fourteen horses are scheduled to run in the 34th renewal of the turf race at 1 1/2 miles.