Bold Eagle soars again in Prix d'Amerique
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Bold Eagle, who won the 2016 Prix d'Amerique opodo at Vincennes racetrack in Paris, France, went back-to-back on Sunday afternoon at he captured this year's $1 million renewal by about three lengths in a mile rate time of 1:54.3 for the 2,700-meter race (approximately 1.67 miles). The time lowered the world record for the distance of 1:55 he set while winning last year's Prix d'Amerique.
After a recall and a subsequent scratch of Anna Mix, a field of 17 trotters lined up for the standing start, and after a couple of early exchanges, it was Timoko and driver Bjorn Goop who took the lead, similar to last year's Prix d'Amerique scenario. In the final turn the Jean-Machile Bazire-driven Belina Josselyn came up on the outside to take control, but Franck Nivard had Bold Eagle right behind.
Midway down the stretch Bold Eagle drew clear from Belina Josselyn, who garnered runner-up honors. Lionel finished third for driver Matthieu Abrivard, with Propulsion and Briac Dark rounding out the top five.
Bold Eagle is a 6-year-old son of Ready Cash, who also captured back-to-back Prix d'Amerique titles. Bold Eagle is trained by Sebastien Guarato and owned by Pierre Pilarski. The win was his 31st in 36 career starts.