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Classy racing in Paris on Sunday

December 27, 2010

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There were two horsemen who enjoyed real success at Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes over the past weekend. Meanwhile, in Rome on Sunday, Lisa America faded in the homestretch at the Tor di Valle track, putting a possible start in the Prix d'Amerique questionable.
The Guida Italia owned Lisa America (Varenne) was prepping for a possible Prix d'Amerique start by racing in the 165,000 euro Premio Gala International at the Tor di Valle track in Rome on Sunday and everything looked great as she had reached the front easily and was in control of the race. But in the last quarter,when Torbjörn Jansson had to remind her to fight back, she had nothing in the tank.
The Tor di Valle race was instead captured by Look MP (Sugarcane Hanover-Atlantis Gar), who came from behind and scored for driver VP dell Annunziata, winning in a mile rate of 1:56.4 over 2,100 meters.
As for the winners in Paris, one of the oldtimers, Christian Bigeon, had decided to change disciplines with his horse Paris Haufor (Vivier de Monfort), who has been one of the prefavorites for Prix d¹Amerique during previous seasons. So Paris Haufor made his debut under saddle and made it in a way that resulted in him now being an early favorite to win the most prestigious of the "monte" races, the Prix de Cornulier.
Paris Haufor won for rider Damien Bonne, timed in a mile rate of 1:55.3 over 2,100 meters, and beat such established stars as Priscilla Blue and Picsou de Villabon. The purse was 55,000 euros.
Bigeon also has a hope for the Prix d¹ Amerique in his 4-year-old horse Severino. Severino earned his ticket for the Prix d'Amerique by winning the Criterium Continentale, a Grade 1 race with a purse of 240,000 euros. The son of Gobernador made it to the front and held off Save Quick (Jasmin de Flore and Zorro Photo (SJ's Photo). He was timed in a mile rate of 1:56 over 2,100 meters.
The other big winner was Julien Dubois, the grandson of Jean-Pierre Dubois, who won the monté race, the 240,000 euro Prix de Vincennes, with the 3-year-old star Texas Charm (Cygnus d'Odyssee) in a mile rate of 1:59.1 over 2,700 meters.
The young Julien collected another victory, but was disqualified for interference with Queen¹s Glory (Love You), but got revenge when he scored in the Prix de Fougeres with Tokya Charm (Let¹s Go Along), where the stable scored a double as his father Jean Phillilpe Dubois was second with True Life (Let¹s Go Along).--By Lars G. Palm for harnessracing.com
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