Zoman, who upset favored Sillery in the 1992 Washington D.C. International, might be a surprise entry in Saturday's 43rd renewal of the Grade I turf stakes.
Seven horses have been pre-entered for the $600,000 race -- Paradise Creek, Binary Light, Turk Passer, Maryland Moon and Astudillo from the United States, Beneficial from England and Marildo from France.
But Laurel management reserves the right to invite two horses to the race. Over the weekend, the track issued an invitation to Prince Fahd Salman, the owner of Zoman, and is considering issuing another invitation to Howard County horseman C. Oliver Goldsmith for his horse, Redcall, winner of the recent Damascus Handicap at Pimlico.
Goldsmith said last night that the International is one of his favorite races and that he would be be inclined to run Redcall if invited.
Zoman, 7, was retired to stud after his 1992 victory. But because of fertility problems, the horse was returned to training this summer and finished sixth, beaten about three lengths, in his 1994 debut in a Group II stakes at Longchamps on Oct. 2.
The horse's English trainer, Paul Cole, will work the horse tomorrow at his stable near Newbury and then decide if Zoman will come to Laurel.
Two other foreign horses could race in Turf Festival events. French-based Brave Note is pre-entered in the Laurel Dash, and Las Meninas, the English 1,000 Guineas winner, who is trained in Ireland by Tommy Stack, is pre-entered in the All Along Stakes.
Beneficial is scheduled to arrive at Laurel today. Marildo and Brave Shot are being shipped from Paris tomorrow. Travel plans for Las Meninas have not been firmed up.
Pat Day, who rides heavily favored Paradise Creek in the International, is also expected to ride local sprinter Goldminer's Dream in the Laurel Dash for owners David and Joanne Hayden of Upperco.