Last week's big race at Laurel, Md. was billed as "The Washington D.C. International," but from the moment the foreign-type barrier was lifted, it proved a duel to the death between two Americans. Kelso, the favorite, with Eddie Arcaro up, and T.V. Lark, with Johnny Longden riding, galloped so close together all the way that the jocks on their backs enjoyed a quiet chat. "Are you all right?" Arcaro asked his friend and rival as he led him in the backstretch by a head. "I'm just fine," answered Longden and went on to win the race.

Early in the race Kelso, on the outside, led T.V. Lark just ahead of the field (above). Then the pair drew ahead of the six other horses (right).

For the rest of the route, as T.V. Lark pulled even and ahead, it was strictly a two-horse battle (right), with T.V. Lark the winner by three-quarters of a length.