Kihlstrom, Lionel upset Bold Eagle in Paris
February 28, 2016
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Bold Eagle failed in his attempt to sweep the Prix d'Amerique, Prix de France and Prix de Paris when he finished second in the 2 1/2-mile long Prix de Paris on Sunday at the Vincennes track in Paris. Instead, Lionel, Norwegian-owned, trained by France's Fabrice Souloy, driven by Swedish ace Orjan Kihlstrom, won by turning back Bold Eagle in the stretch drive.
Bjorn Goop sent Timoko, runner-up in last fall's Yonkers International, to the front and yielded to Bird Parker after 700 meters. That left Lionel first-over while Bold Eagle was raced off the pace by Franck Nivard. Lionel took command before the stretch drive and while Bold Eagle challenged, he could not sustain his effort.
In an interview after the race with the French trotting network Equidia, Kihlstrom said, "Lionel was unbelievably good," and noted that the distance probably suited his horse more than Bold Eagle.
Lionel is a son of Look de Star, a son of the French stallion Coktail Jet.