Fantastic and very rare, Glass Drink Pitcher commissioned for the Washington DC International Horse Race, winner in 1971, England - USA - Run the Gauntlet (Paul Mellon) These were made in very limited quantities for owners and participants, top ticket holders etc. Very hard to find. Back of glass pitcher includes all previous cup winners and represented countries. Glass pitcher is in fantastic condition, likely never used and displayed only. Includes one glass stir stick. No chips cracks or damage, etc. A very unique collectible and part of horse racing history! The Washington, D.C. International was an American Grade 1 invitational horse race. Inaugurated in 1952, it was raced on turf in Laurel, Maryland, at a distance of 1 1⁄2 miles (12 furlongs) and attracted top turf horses from North America and Europe. It was held annually until 1994, when it could no longer compete with the Breeders' Cup Turf.
Usually just called the "International," the race drew the best Thoroughbreds from the U.S. and Europe; it was important enough to attract horses from the Soviet Union during the 1960s, despite the Cold War. In the 1980s, the Washington, D.C. International was part of a million-dollar bonus given to any horse who won both it, the Canadian International Stakes at Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, and the Turf Classic at Belmont Park in New York.
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