Readly Express wins PDA; Propulsion third
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The Swedish-owned and trained Readly Express, a 6-year-old son of two-time Prix d'Amerique champion Ready Cash, captured the 1 million euro Prix d'Amerique on Sunday afternoon at the Vincennes track in Paris. The American-bred, Swedish-owned and trained Propulsion, a son of Muscle Hill, finished third after leading for part of the race.
Swedish driving ace Bjorn Goop drove Readly Express to victory for trainer Timo Nurmos.
Valko Jenilat, trained by Sebastien Guarato (also the trainer of Bold Eagle), was the early pacesetter in the race. Propulsion was trotting second-over, behind Charly du Noye, also a son of Ready Cash. Charly du Noye weakened a bit and Kihlstrom elected to shoot around that foe, which put Propulsion first-over against Valko Jenilat. Then Kihlstrom moved to the front of the field, with plenty of distance yet to cover.
J.P. Monclin moved the strong PDA contender Bird Parker first-over, and after exchanging glances with Kihlstrom, Monclin sent his horse to the lead.
But racing in the pocket did not turn out to be a good situation for Kihlstrom and the connections of Propulsion. Bird Parker's move left Readly Express second-over, and two-time defending Prix d'Amerique also improved his position with the shift.
As Bird Parker led the field around the last turn, Propulsion was locked in and Goop sent Readly Express three-wide to have a clear shot. The path to victory belonged to Goop. Bold Eagle and driver Franck Nivard had plenty of room but not enough trot. Kihlstrom finally got Propulsion off the pylons but it was too late.
Propulsion, who was bred by Rikki Caldwell of Cane Run Farm and Bluestone Farms, finished third, beaten 1 1/2 lengths for the victory.