Prix d'Amerique probables race in Paris
January 23, 2011
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Four of the preliminary entries for next Sunday’s Prix d’Amerique raced in the world’s most prestigious and richest monté (under saddle) race, the 700,000 euro Prix de Cornulier, on Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome Paris Vincennes.
Olga du Biwetz, a probable Prix d’Amerique starter, won the Prix de Cornulier, and if she went on and captured the Prix d’Amerique, she wouldn’t be the first horse to accomplish that double. Jag de Bellouet achieved the double in 2005, but only a very few trotters have been able to do so.
The 7-year-old mare Olga du Biwetz (Cezio Josselyn-Brise de La Tour) has turned in her best results in the sulky, and she surprised in the Cornulier. She came from behind to score for Anthony Barrier and trainer Fabrice Souloy and equaled the race record time, a mile rate of 1:57 over 2,700 meters.
Priscilla Blue (Extreme Dream-Ivilla Blue) closed very fast for second, but is not yet nominated for the Prix d’Amerique. Scipion du Goutier, who is nominated for next Sunday’s big P d’A, with Franck Nivard back in action after injury, lost too much ground at the beginning of the race and is now a doubtful starter.
Oyonnax, the 2010 Prix d’Amerique winner, has been carefully prepped for this year’s Prix d’Amerique and he made a decent effort in the Cornulier, finishing fourth.
Right now the 2011 edition of the Prix d’Amerique appears on paper to be a match between Sweden’s Maharajah and the French star Ready Cash.—By Lars G. Palm