Ready Cash edges Maharajah in Prix de France
February 13, 2011
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Ready Cash won the 400,000 euro Prix de France Sunday in Paris, and just like in the Prix d'Amerique, he had to battle with Sweden's Maharajah to capture the victory. But this time it wasn't so easy as the two trotters battled side-by-side the length of the Vincennes track homestretch and Ready Cash, driven by Franck Nivard, won by a mere head in a mile rate time of 1:53.1.
Lana del Rio, an Italian-owned daughter of Varenne, took the early lead, as she did in the Prix d'Amerique. Mahajarah was on the outside followed by Ready Cash, which was pretty much the same as in the Prix d'Amerique. Maharajah took the lead and with about 600 meters left the real fight began between the French and Swedish trotters, who both turned in great performances. The mile rate time for the 2,100 meters (about 1 1/3 miles) was almost a full second off the stakes record of 1:52.2.
Wishing Stone, the 2010 Kentucky Futurity champion, was making his first start in Europe but was given an easy race. He started from post 10--trailing the one--behind the starting gate and looked fresh and sound and raced fourth on the inside for the race and finished seventh. He definitely appears to be capable of racing at this level of competition.
The Prix de France was also known this year as the Prix du Japan because the race was sponsored by the Japanese Embassy in France. The top seven finishers were Ready Cash, Maharajah, Lana Del Rio, Nouba du Saptel, Olga du Biwetz, Priscilla Blue and Wishing Stone.
Click here to watch the race. --By Lars G. Palm