The French winter meeting continues at the Cagnes-sur-Mer racetrack on the southern border of France, close to Nice, and the meeting was highlighted Sunday with the Grand Criterium de Vitesse, sponsored by the daily publication Nice-Matin.
Timoko, who won the Criterium as 3 and 4 year old and also the Criterium Continental, can now add the $200,000 Criterium de Vitesse after his 1:52.4 win on Sunday,
Timoko was driven by Jos. Verbeeck, which Sunday turned out to be a wise decision by owner/trainer Richard Westerink.
Verbeeck has tried to give him easy trips to improve his self-confidence, but he came unfortunately out of a hard drive in his latest effort in the Prix de Paris.
Both Timoko and Verbeeck are great talents behind the gate and he easily took command. A rapid move by The Best Madrik (Coktail Jet) came and Verbeeck allowed him to go, but he was soon back out and it did not disturb the tactics.
Timoko then had a safe trip in the front, with The Best Madrik in the pocket and Reve de Beylev on the outside (Fortuna Fant) for most of the trip.
Timoko was timed in 1:52.4 over the mile with The Best Madrik second ahead of Reve de Beylev and Save The Quick, who was catch-driven by Orjan Kihlstrom.
The team around Timoko is now ready for a Scandinavian trip, while he also is doing his work at stud. Timoko is a 6-year-old son of Imoko and the merited dam Kiss Me Coulonces. He was bred by Paul van Klaveren and has lifetime earnings of more than $1.3 million euro.
His driver Verbeeck has recommended his owners to make a trip to United States, where he believe he would be a champion on one-mile racetracks.--by Lars G. Palm