The French horse Youth has won the Washington International horse race run at Laurel in the American state of Maryland.
GV Horses into starting stall.
TOP VIEW PAN Start of race. Noble Dancer yellow cap, red shirt into lead.
GV Crowd watch.
GV PAN Down back straight for second time, Noble Dance loses three length lead to On My Way and Ivanjica.
TOP VIEW PAN SAME SHOT Into final turn, Youth (white hat) on outside cuts in front of On My Way (yellow hat in centre of first three) with Ivanjica on the rails.
TOP VIEW SAME SHOT Youth goes ten lengths clear to win from On My Way and Ivanjica PAN winning horse after race.
Total prize money for the one and a half mile (2.41 Kms) race was 150,000 dollars US (nearly GBP 95,000 sterling). Youth was timed for the race at two minutes 46 seconds and one fifth second, well outside the track record of two mins 23 seconds and four fifths, which was set by Kelso in 1964.
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Background: The French horse Youth has won the Washington International horse race run at Laurel in the American state of Maryland.
SYNOPSIS: Before the race there had been some criticism by owners and trainers of the track's water-softened conditions.
The race was worth one hundred thousand dollars (more than GBP 63,000 sterling) to the winning owner. Youth's win was something of a surprise because the three-year-old bay colt accidentally cut his hoof a week before the race and almost didn't make it. Noble Dancer led for the first two thirds of the race before being overtaken by On My Way. Noble Dancer was from Norway - Norway's first entry in the Washington International. It was being ridden by the world famous English jockey, Lester piggott, who said after the race that his horse was just not good enough to win. On My Way - now taking the lead - was from France as was Ivanjica lying third. Ivanjica and Youth started at 9-5 favourites.
Into the final turn, and Youth cuts in front of On My Way with Ivanjica on the rails. Ace Canadian jockey, Sandy Hawley, said that when Youth swerved he grabbed hold to restrain his horse and there was no contact with On My Way.
On My Way jockey, Alfred Gilbert, entered an objection, but after stewards examined films of the race that showed On My Way being hampered while making his finishing run, the way Youth finished left no doubt about who would have won the race in the absence of any interference. Youth by ten lengths to On My Way And ivanjica - all of them French horses.