Anka Germania, a 5-year-old mare who beat males in the New Jersey Turf Cup for her fifth straight victory, drew post position 7 yesterday and was made the 3-to-1 favorite to win Saturday's $750,000 Washington, D.C. International at Laurel Race Course.
The three top horses according to Laurel's preliminary line are U.S. representatives: Anka Germania, Talakeno (9 to 2) and Stately Don (5 to 1). U.S. horses lead with 17 International triumphs; France is second with 13.
The presence of the Soviet colt Gjatsk (post 4, 20-1) and Polish colt Omen (post 10, 15-1) lends intrigue to the 14-horse field. But only three of the entries have won a Grade I (United States) or Group 1 (Europe) race this year. Anka Germania is not among them.
England's Risk Me has won two Group 1 races in 1987. The 3-year-old colt defeated Arc de Triomphe winner Trempolino in the Grand Prix de Paris in June but has not finished higher than fourth in three subsequent starts. Made 6 to 1 for the International, Risk Me will break from post 9 under Tony Cruz.
Stately Don, representing the United States, won the Grade I Secretariat Stakes by 7 1/2 lengths on Arlington Park's yielding turf course. But the Kentucky-bred son of Nureyev was beaten almost 17 lengths by Theatrical in his latest race, the Turf Classic at Belmont Park. Stately Don, another 3-year-old, drew post 2; trainer LeRoy Jolley has not named a rider.
West Germany's Le Glorieux, second to Theatrical in Saturday's Man o' War Stakes at Aqueduct, won a Group 1 in Du sseldorf in July. Laffit Pincay Jr. is scheduled to ride the 3-year-old son of Cure The Blues for trainer Robert Collet, who also has the filly Libertine in the International. The two will not run as an entry, however, because Libertine is French-owned. Le Glorieux, 6-1, drew post 1.
Dick Dutrow, for years one of Maryland's leading trainers before moving to New York in 1984, is back at Laurel with Talakeno (post 13, Angel Cordero Jr.). The field's senior member at age 7, Talakeno thrust into turf racing's hierarchy in August with his stunning half-length victory over Manila in Saratoga's Bernard Baruch Handicap, a Grade II race.
Seven countries will be represented in the International. The U.S. contingent also features Great Communicator and Southjet; Canada brings Blue Finn and Grey Classic, who will run as a coupled entry, and France has Libertine, Motley and Dastaan. Because Laurel has a maximum of 12 betting interests, Southjet and Dastaan will run as a field entry.
Dastaan, who entered the field when Theatrical scratched, will be ridden by Yves St.-Martin, 46-year-old French champion. The appearance could be one of St.-Martin's last in the United States; he reportedly is considering retiring next year.