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Propulsion prevails in Masters final in Paris

September 07, 2019
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Europe’s Trotting Masters final, held at the Vincennes track in Paris on Saturday, went to the American-bred Propulsion.

Driven by Orjan Kihlstrom, trained by Daniel Reden and owned by Bengt Agerup’s Stall Zet, Propulsion was in a good position to win, but needed to track down Cleangame, trained and driven by Jean-Michel Bazire.
 
At the start of the race the French sensation Bold Eagle had left strongly but yielded to Robert Bergh and Mindyourvalue W.F., who then was pressed by Bel Avis. Not long thereafter Bazire pulled alongside with Cleangame.
 
Propulsion was in an outer tier as well, but Kihlstrom had to go three wide. Cleangame had trotted to the lead and appeared to be strong enough to hold on for a win. But with about 100 yards left in the race, he went offstride and Propulsion trotted to the victory.

The mile rate time for the race was 1:55.4.
 
The race was billed as a battle between Propulsion and Bold Eagle, but the French horse was locked in down the homestretch and finished third.

Now 8 years old, Propulsion picked up his fifth win of the season and his 37th victory of his career. The son of Muscle Hill-Danae was bred by Fredericka Caldwell of Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms, and Cane Run will sell his full brother at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.
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