Despite all this, the Laurel race has been a tremendous success, if only in international public relations.
Future renewals of the race are certain to bring back the English, French and the Irish—to race and to offer their well-bred runners for sale on the expanding American buyers' market.
The Russians have a different attitude. Their interest in the race is, simply, to win. They spent hours studying the Laurel track, watching our riders and observing early-morning training methods. And when they say, as would an American baseball fan, "Wait till next year," they aren't just kidding.
Next year, for example, the Russians are coming back with a colt named Expert. Between now and then it's a good guess that Expert will get his training at a Russian duplicate of Laurel, complete to the cut of the grass, the angle of the turns and the haberdashery of the commissar of the starting gate.