Oyonnax surprise Prix d'Amerique winner
January 31, 2010
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It took some American blood to win this year's Prix d'Amerique, even if the horse wasn't officially representing the USA. Surprisingly, the French-owned and trained Oyonnax won the 89th Prix d'Amerique Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. Quaker Jet finished second, and last year's Prix d'Amerique winner, Meaulnes du Corta, who was the betting favorite, held on for third after leading for about two-thirds of the race. The mile rate time was 1:56.2.
With a pleasant winter day (about 40 degrees) and no rain, all of the 18 horses in the Prix d'Amerique raced without shoes over the Vincennes cinder track.
Oyonnax was kept inside, relatively speaking, by driver Sebastien Ernault for most of the 2,700-meter race. Actually, he was second-over, but there was also a third tier. Just as the field turned for the home straightaway, room opened up as Meaulnes du Corta began to tire. Ernault found a clear path and his horse responded for the victory. Quaker Jet also raced near the front but in the middle of the pack and did not really contest the race until the homestretch.
Oyonnax has American blood close up in his pedigree, and it is a classic mix. His sire is In Love With You, whose sire is Coktail Jet (Quouky Williams-Armbro Glamour, by Super Bowl). In Love With You’s dam is Amour d’Aunou, who is by Speedy Somolli. Manuel Ahres trains Oyonnax.