The US-bred Propulsion, driven by Ôrjan Kihlström and trained by Daniel Redén, was an easy winner of the third qualifying race for the Prix d’Amerique, the Prix de Bourgogne, held Sunday (Dec. 31) at the Vincennes track in Paris. Propulsion had the lead for most of the race. The mile rate time for the 2,700 meters was 1:53.2.
Defending Prix d'Amerique champion Bold Eagle, driven by Franck Nivard, finished second, about one length back. Third went to Briac Dark, driven by Matthieu Abrivard.
Propulsion, who is by Muscle Hill and out of 2007 Hambletonian Oaks winner Danae, was bred by Fredericka V. Caldwell of Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms. He was trained by Tony Alagna until he was sold for $250,000 in the Tattersalls January Mixed Sale, with Bengt Agerup purchasing the horse. Agerup races horses in Nort America under the banner of Brixton Medical and in Europe as Stall Zet.