Sport: Best in the World

The program called it the $125,000 Washington, D.C. International, and 13 thoroughbreds from nine nations pranced to the post at Maryland's Laurel Race Course. But to the fans, it was strictly a domestic affair, a test between the three top U.S. horses: Jack Dreyfus' sprinter, Beau Purple; Mrs. Richard C. duPont's great gelding. Kelso; and Jack Price's millionaire colt, Carry Back. Ill-mannered catcalls greeted the Russian and Japanese entries, and Britain's Pardao went off at 108-to-1 odds.

The only foreign horse with a following was France's Match II. Beau Purple's trainer, Allen Jerkens, said...

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