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Thursday, September 14, 2000
91st Day


Three years ago, during the last Amateur Riders Club of the Americas race at Arlington International, Eric Cohn came here as a professional bartender.

However, as an amateur jockey, Cohn waxed the competition, taking command shortly after the start and winning a one-mile turf race by a length and three-quarters aboard a six-year-old Illinois-bred gelding named Glen Savoye. At the end of the year, he was crowned the 1997 ARCA USA Champion.

Sunday, Cohn returns to Arlington. Now, he lists his occupation as "auto detailer," he has moved from Unionville to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and during Sunday's amateur riders race, he will be representing the United States in the finals of an international competition.

Based on the Davis Cup format, Sunday's inaugural World Cup of Nations at Arlington International will crown a nation rather than an individual rider, and will include one man and one woman rider from each of the five finalist nations of France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the United States.

With the help of Louis Romanet, Directeur General of France Galop and the Fegentri organization, Pierre Bellocq Sr., President of the Amateur Riders Club of the Americas, has worked with Arlington International to bring the inaugural running of the World Cup of Nations to Chicago's premier thoroughbred oval.

Cohn, 32, will join with Leigh Offutt, 20, a student from Annapolis, Maryland in representing the United States, which has a total of 12 points going into the finale on Sunday.

Italy, the front-runner in the international competition with 25 points, will be represented by Federico De Paola, 27, an electronic engineer from Pisa, who will be paired with Simona Sommariva, 21, who works for a horse transportation company and is also from Pisa.

Germany, currently second in the standings with 18 points, has Oliver Sauer, a 20-year-old student from Dortmund, teamed with Karin Schlick, 37, a financial officer from Malsh.

France, tied in the current standings with Germany at 18 points, will be represented by Romain Dubois, 28, a blacksmith from Belligne, who will be paired with Blanche De Granvilliers, 38, a lawyer from Paris.

One point behind the American team is Switzerland, with a current total of 11 points. Christian Von Ballmoos, 20, a student from Zurich, will be joined by Marlies Gloor, 36, a baker from Flaach, as the Swiss representatives.

Sunday's World Cup of Nations will be contested as the third race of the afternoon, and will be contested at one mile on the turf for three-year-olds and upward entered for a claiming price of $18,000. The amateur riders will be randomly drawn onto their mounts in the race that offers a purse of $22,000.

Following the race there will be a medal presentation ceremony with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the first three finishers Sunday. The riders will compete in the silks of the country they represent, and the flags of each of the five nations competing will be displayed prominently in the infield near the finish line at Arlington International.


Marcus Hersh, Daily Racing Form handicapper at Arlington, will handicap the Arlington program on Saturday, September 23 from Noon to 12:45 p.m. - the same afternoon as the 66th running of the Grade 2 Arlington-Washington Futurity.

Hersh will use the new DRF Simulcast Weekly paper to handicap and free Simulcast Weekly papers will be given out to those in attendance, with perhaps other giveaway items available to participants who ask exceptional questions.

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