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Albion Hughes
November 15, 1954
Turf racing, which has been having a renascence in this country, was given an additional boost by Fisherman's ail-American victory in the third running of the International at Laurel.
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November 15, 1954

U.s. Racing Is Heading For Grass

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Now the pendulum is swinging back and it is possible, as Benjamin Lindheimer, executive director of Arlington and Washington parks, prophesies, that in five years we will have programs equally divided between turf and dirt races. The public, the horsemen and the horses like turf racing. Who could ask for anything more?

In the International, Arcaro aboard Fisherman outrode the foreign boys. Riding acey-deucey (uneven stirrups) as usual, with the stirrups just slightly longer, Eddie gave a lesson in the American riding idiom to Frenchman Claude Lalanne, who rode the close finishing Banassa. The French filly was clearly tops in the foreign group. King of the Tudors was too big to move easily around the turns. Northern Gleam was outclassed and jaunty little Landau lasted his expected mile with mane and tail flying. He was the most interesting horse to me. He's temperamental and a bit whimsical and, as his trainer Noel Murless told me, "He's too intelligent for his own good."

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