About the race, however, Eidelstedter's driver, Johannes Fromming, spoke for all foreign drivers when he said, "We fear the Amerikaner." Nobody was concerned about Waples and Tie Silk, and they were decidedly inconspicuous through a good part of the race. It was Su Mac, leaving from No. 3 post, who looked the most vivid as he brushed three horses wide to take the lead just past the first turn. Porterhouse had drawn the rail position and stayed there, trotting beautifully. Nicias Grandchamp hung on the rim between Su Mac and Porterhouse—and stayed there and stayed there. When he broke gait in the next-to-last turn, just after the�-mile mark, he may have upset Porterhouse. ("That cost Porterhouse the race," said his driver, Earle Avery, later.) Tie Silk, after a comfortable, ground-saving journey, breezed up behind Su Mac approaching the mile and simply outtrotted him in the stretch. The early brush had cost Su Mac dearly.
Still, the finish was thrillingly close. You could have heard a mink stole drop in the track's glass-enclosed dining room and clubhouse areas, where a host of lacquered ladies and their white-tied escorts breathlessly waited for the numbers to be posted. There was a gasp and a roar when Tie Silk's was put up. And then there was Waples, invisible no longer, a man of flesh and blood and, now, considerable international fame, grinning his way to the winner's circle. He may still be grinning.
With the International past, trotting fans now turn to the most important race of all, next Wednesday's Hambletonian, at Du Quoin, Ill. Rarely have so many first-class colts and fillies clamored for backing. Rarely, indeed, have they been so unpredictable. News that Driver Sanders Russell has purchased 28 tickets for friends for Hambletonian Day was the clincher for some observers. They are sure Russell's Hoot Mon colt, A.C.'s Viking, winner of 10 of 11 races this year, is going to be the winner. Russell did not invite his guests out just to see the Du Quoin fair. But for other speculators there remain some nagging questions. Will Impish, off form recently, regain the incomparable turn of speed she displayed as a 2-year-old? Will Safe Mission accelerate his recent sharp improvement under Joe O'Brien's careful hand? Will those marvelous fillies, Sprite Rodney, Spry Rodney and Worth Seein, find the stamina to go with their undoubted speed? Will foxy John Simpson astonish us once more (as he did in The Messenger Stake this spring with a 71-1 upset victory) by scoring with his slowly developing Isaac?
Oh, well, let's say it is going to be A.C.'s Viking.