Twenty-four horses were pre-entered yesterday to the $750,000 Budweiser International at Laurel, and the foreign scope of the race seems certain to return.
After drawing only one foreign participant in 1989, the International field should get back its foreign flavor; 15 of the horses pre-entered are from outside the United States. The pre-entry fee, due by noon yesterday, was $3,500, and $7,000 more is required of those who start.
The 1 1/4-mile International, Laurel's richest race and anchor of the two-day International Turf Festival, will be run Oct. 21. In all, 93 horses were pre-entered to the Festival's five races. Supplementary nominations are not accepted.
Because each field is limited to 14, Laurel officials will determine by Thursday the starting lineup and six provisional starters for oversubscribed races. The Selima Stakes, with nine pre-entered, was the only race that attracted fewer than 17 eligible horses.
The $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf on Oct. 27 has robbed the International of the nation's great turf horses, such as Steinlen and Golden Pheasant, as well as Arc de Triomphe winner Saumarez. The best native talent might lie with Classic Fame, who defeated Steinlen in California this summer, or with Maryland-bred millionaire Ten Keys.
Batshoof, a 4-year-old colt from England, is the only foreign horse to have arrived for the Turf Festival. He galloped on the turf course yesterday morning in preparation for the International, which would be his first race in North America.
"He needs a pace in front of him, then he settles and makes a big run from the back," said Neil Drysdale, who has replaced Ben Hanbury as Batshoof's trainer. Eddie Delahoussaye is scheduled for the mount. Prado, Miller: 3 Each
Edgar Prado and Donnie Miller Jr. rode three winners apiece yesterday, Prado extending his meet lead to 21-17 over Mike Luzzi. Trainer Jim Murphy had two victories, one when Say No More was promoted in the eighth-race disqualification of Sith Najibe. . . .
Bud Delp has brought 22 horses to Laurel, Dispersal not among them. The star of the stable is at Belmont Park preparing for the Breeders' Cup Classic. . . .
Damon Dilodovico, 25, who once groomed stakes-winning fillies In The Curl, Shaviana and Double Bunctious for Dale Capuano, won his first race as a trainer when Dynastical ($18.60) beat allowance horses yesterday. Dilodovico is John Hartsell's assistant trainer. . . .
Baldski's Choice leaves tonight for Bay Meadows in San Mateo, Calif., where he'll take part in Sunday's $250,000 Final Fourteen. The prospective field includes Ligature, another Marylander. . . .
Trainer Buddy Raines said he plans to run Master Speaker in the $75,000 Find Handicap at Laurel Oct. 27, and would enter Maryland Classic winner Timely Warning as an entrymate if the race is moved from turf to dirt.