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The victorious French trotted out a blockade
Pete Axthelm
August 28, 1967
The world's best is Roquepine, the mare who won the Roosevelt International but en route became the center of an international incident of sorts when another French hope, Oscar R L, decided to run interference
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August 28, 1967

The Victorious French Trotted Out A Blockade

The world's best is Roquepine, the mare who won the Roosevelt International but en route became the center of an international incident of sorts when another French hope, Oscar R L, decided to run interference

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Few people believed that Levesque had devised any special plot to steal the International. He has been extremely sporting throughout Roquepine's fine career, meeting all comers under all conditions in many countries. It hardly seems likely that he would suddenly resort to new methods. What is more probable is that the French drivers were unaware of local rules and customs.

The betting public might have been better protected in this case if the French had been coupled as an entry—but this is not customary in international events and has never seemed necessary before. And other drivers would have been aided if someone had emphasized the rule that forbids slowing down a pace as much as Levesque did.

"In France, Levesque's entries have done this kind of thing before," said Karsten Buer, who drove Norway's Scott Protector. "Roquepine and Oscar R L worked together well when they ran one-two in the Prix d'Am�rique this year. I should have expected it when Oscar R L started to move past me, and come out to cut him off. At least we would have had an honest pace."

"I could have set as fast a pace as necessary," said Levesque, "and my mare still would have closed fast enough to win." He undoubtedly was right. Roquepine is not in her best form now, but she is still good enough to trot much faster than she did. It is too bad she was not asked to, because she deserved more than the tarnished victory she got out of this International.

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