Bold Eagle easy winner of Prix d'Amerique
January 31, 2016
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The French trotter Bold Eagle is officially the newest superstar on the European scene as he won the 1 million euro Prix d'Amerique opodo on Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. He set a race and track record of 1:11.4 for the 2,700-meter distance, or a mile rate time of 1:55. The old mark of 1:11.9 was held by Royal Dream.
The 5-year-old Bold Eagle, a son of two-time Prix d'Amerique champion Ready Cash (2011-2012), was settled mid-pack early as Bjorn Goop took command of the race with Timoko. But later, and with plenty of the race left, Goop yielded to Bold Eagle, driven by Franck Nivard, which spoke volumes of Goop's respect for Bold Eagle. It turned out his instincts were correct as Bold Eagle controlled the rest of the race and despite pressure from Akim Du Cap Vert, Bold Eagle opened up on Timoko in the homestretch. Goop asked Timoko for more, but they could not threaten the bold new trotting superstar.
Bold Eagle won by 1 1/2 lengths over Timoko, with Oasis Bi getting up for third and Akim Du Cap Vert holding on for fourth. Moses Rob finished fifth.
In addition to winning one of trotting's most prestigious events, Bold Eagle managed the rare feat of winning the race at age five. In the last 30 years, only two 5 year olds had won the race, most recently Offshore Dream in 2007.
Sebastian Guarato trains Bold Eagle, who was raised by well-known French horseman Jean-Etienne Dubois, whose father is Jean-Pierre Dubois.