British pundits and fans, including 168 members of the British Race-Goers Club who paid $450 each to fly to Laurel and bet on the horse, touted *Karabas as the one to beat in the 17th Washington, D.C., International. And Lord Iveagh’s runner delivered under a confident ride by Lester Piggott to defeat *Hawaii and *Czar Alexander. It was the first year no American-bred runners competed.
Lord Iveagh, owner of the Guinness Brewery, celebrated with a Guinness after the race.
The winning horse and rider had International connections – *Karabas was a son of *Worden, winner of the second International; Piggott piloted Sir Ivor to victory in 1968. When the American press surrounded Piggott after his recent win, “Piggott displayed a marked similarity to vintage Bill Hartack-isms” after informing the press he didn’t care for the things they had written about him a year earlier. “Write the same things you wrote last year,” he said.
- Paul Mellon’s Virginia-bred Arts and Letters was an overwhelming choice as the Morning Telegraph’s Horse of the Year. Five Maryland-breds received votes among the divisional champions: Cherry Sundae (2-year-old filly), Pit Bunny (3-year-old filly), Promise (sprinter), Curator (steeplechaser) and North Flight (turf). And other top competitors with ties to the region included 2-year-old High Echelon, who was raised by his owner/breeder Hirsch Jacobs at Stymie Manor Farm in Monkton, Md.; Sagamore Farm’s Canadian-born 2-year-old filly Cold Comfort; and handicap horse and sprinter Terrible Tiger, owned and trained by William G. Christmas.