Wishing Stone entered in Prix de France
February 10, 2011
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The plan for Kentucky Futurity winner Wishing Stone (above) flip-flopped again as the 4-year-old was entered for Sunday's 400,000 euro Prix de France, set for the Vincennes racetrack in Paris.
Just last week Dewayne Minor, who trained the horse in the U.S. and saw him recently in France, said that he believed it would be best to wait until March and the prestigious meet at the Cagnes-sur-Mer track in the south of France for Wishing Stone's first start against the top horses, and when he left France the decision had been made to follow that plan.
But that plan changed and Wishing Stone was entered in one of France's most prestigious races, which in the past has been won by Americans such as Classical Way.
Wishing Stone, a son of Conway Hall now trained by French horseman Fabrice Souloy, will be facing Prix d'Amerique champion Ready Cash and the runner-up in that race, Sweden's Maharajah, in the Prix de France. However, the Prix de France has a mobile start, unlike the Prix d'Amerique.
Minor told harnessracing.com he had hoped the horse could have a relatively easy first start and for that reason had suggested bypassing the Prix de France. "I was there and saw the Prix d'Amerique live, and it seems a little crazy to go against those horses," said Minor. "I had thought that he should maybe even go to Belgium for an easier race."
The Prix de France is contested over a distance of 2,100 meters, about 1 1/3 miles. The complete 13-horse field--in post position order with 9 horses on the gate--follows:
1-Orlando Sport (S. Baude)
2-Maharajah (O. Kihlstroom)
3-Premiere Steed (P. Levesque)
4-Nouba du Saptel (Y. Dreux)
5-Ready Cash (F. Nivard)
6-Lana Del Rio (S. Mollo)
7-Olga du Biwetz (E. Raffin)
8-Priscilla Blue (L. Baudron)
9-Quaker Jet (J.E. Dubois)
10-Wishing Stone (M. Abrivard)
11-Roc Meslois (P. Belloche)
12-Pretty Dancer (T. Duvaldestin)
13-Mondiale OK (G. Minnucci)