? Has a filly ever won the International?
?No. Banassa, owned by J. Decrion of France, was second to Fisherman in 1954, the best a filly has done.
? What concessions does the Laurel race make to the foreign horses?
?There are two. It is the only flat race in the U.S. at a major track that doesn't start from an American starting gate. Instead, as a concession to the foreign horses, it begins with a walk-up start from a Newmarket Starting Tape. The second advantage to foreign horses is that the race is run on the turf. This is not unusual now, but in 1952, when the race was established, there were only 12 other stakes on the turf in the U.S.
? How have the favorites done in the nine runnings of the International?
?Last year's race was the first one that the favorite won—Bald Eagle. A foreign horse has gone off the favorite only two times: the French mare Banassa in 1954 (finished second) and Ireland's Ballymoss in 1958 (finished third).
? What jockey holds the best record in the International?
? Manuel Ycaza, who is the only jockey to win twice (with Bald Eagle).
? About how much does if cost a foreign owner to start his horse in the International?
?Nothing. All shipping and boarding expenses are paid by Laurel, and since the race is an invitational, there are no entry fees. The cost to Laurel is about $5,000 per foreign horse.