In the return of the Monday Movie, intrepid filmmaker Jeff Krulik visits the archives to unearth some great nuggets: newsreels from the 1950s and 1960s focusing on the Washington, DC International Stakes. The International, first run in 1952, was the first American race designed to attract an international field, and race winners came from Ireland, Britain, France, Australia, and Venezuela, as well as the United States. The race’s great success begat the Breeders’ Cup, which ultimately led to its demise, but during its 42-year run, the race was one of the most glamorous and important contested in the country. While Fort Marcy and Bald Eagle were the only two-time winners of the race, there’s something to be said for Kelso’s persistence; he participated in four consecutive runnings, finishing second three times before scoring in 1964 in a then-US record for 12 furlongs of 2:23 4/5.
Sep 17 2012