Two European colts set as favorites


LAUREL -- Two of the three European horses set for the $750,000 Budweiser International at Laurel Race Course on Sunday have been established by the track oddsmaker as the top choices.

Creator, from France, and Batshoof, from England, head thlineup for the 39th International. The colts are owned by the Maktoum brothers from the oil-rich United Arab Emirates territory of Dubai.

Sheik Mohammed al Maktoum owns Creator, the favorite, anSheik Maktoum al Maktoum owns Batshoof, the second choice.

The brothers have dominated American yearling sales for siyears and have begun to dominate the world's big turf races. They paid millions for the horses and carried the entire yearling market up with them.

The only other foreign representative is the French filly Ode, wharrived with 13 other horses from Europe yesterday. The remainder will run at Laurel in four other races that make up the International Turf Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

Batshoof arrived more than a week ago to prep for thInternational. Track officials said yesterday that Creator is due early today after a flight from Paris.

When post positions and entries are set tomorrow for th1 1/4 -mile turf race, 10 or 11 names probably will be listed. Jockey assignments have been announced for most of them.

The 11th horse would be Two Timing. Trainer Neil Drysdale said yesterday that the colt will work today at Belmont Park before a commitment is made to start in the International.

"If he does well in the work, we'll enter him and pick out a rider," Drysdale said. "I ran him in the slop the other day at Belmont Park. I was desperate. There was no other race to put him in, and he just slid and glided around. He did poorly."

Two Timing, a Maryland-bred owned by Richard Santulli, startehis career in England but has been with Drysdale's stable in California and New York this year.

His best performances overseas were victories in the Grade IPrince of Wales Stakes at Ascot and the Grade II Rogers Gold Cup at the Curraugh.

Drysdale also trains Batshoof, who left the Ben Hanbury Stablin September to come to the United States.

Creator, trained by Andre Fabre in France, won the Grade I Prid' Ispahan, and, before that, captured the Grade II Prix d' Harcourt and Grade II Prix Dollar, all at Longchamp.

Ode, who won the Grade II Prix d'Evry in Evry, France, is owneby Daniel Wildenstein, whose filly All Along captured the 1983 International. Ode came to the United States in late September and ran third as favorite in the Man o' War Stakes. She was returned to trainer Elle Lellouche before making the trip again yesterday.

Ode also was pre-entered for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turrace at Belmont Park on Oct. 27, but the trainer chose the race at Laurel instead.

Trainer Maurice Zilber of France had hoped to notch his fiftvictory in the International with the filly Lady Winner, but she will run in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Mile instead. Zilber will be represented in the $300,000 All Along Stakes here Sunday.

He also shipped in Forest Angel, who will be entered in a turrace at Laurel.

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