Aladin d'Ecajeul takes Criterieum 3 Ans at Paris

05:42 AM 09 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Aladin d’Ecajeul, harness racing
Aladin d’Ecajeul and his connections celebrate the big victory
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Today's exceptional card at Paris-Vincennes drew a fine crowd of trotting enthusiasts and children for the Journal of Mickey entertainment.

The trotting featured Criterium 3 Ans (Gr. I, 2700 meters, 240,000 euro purse) was won by 18/1 upsetter Aladin d'Ecajeul (3m Quaker Jet-Nancy d'Ecajuel-Halimede) driven by Eric Raffin for owner Philippe Dewulf and his trainer Sebastien Guarato.

Raffin had the winner close to the leaders throughout and sprang loose in the lane for a 1-1/2 length victory over Ausone du Kastel (3m Gros Grain-Lancee-Courlis du Pont), a 13/1 shot handled by J-M Bazire. Alesia d'Atout (3f Defi d'Aunou-New York Jet-Halimede-Elite d'Atout-Sugarcane Hanover) at 81/1 was placed third after a disqualification of Aldo des Champs.

The winner scored in 1.14kr. Sire of dam of two of the top three finishers, Halimede, is a son of Buvetier d'Aunou from Udames by Quioco. Seven of the 15 starters, including the favorites, were disqualified for breaks (Axelle Dark, Alizea du Kastel, Avenir de Blay, Atlas des Joudes, Akim du Cap Vert, Avila and Aldo des Champs).

The co-featured Prix Octave Douesnel (Gr. II, males age four, 2700 meters, 120,000 euro purse) went to 5/1 odds Village Mystic (4m Love You-Netchka d'Orgeres-Full Account) and driver, trainer, owner, breeder Louis Baudron. He led much of the way to score in 1.14.3kr, his 10th career win for earnings of 521,000 euro. The 23/1 Voyage de Reve (4m Password-Kiocalba-Coktail Jet) was second for driver Julien Dubois, trainer Philippe Moulin and owner Ecurie Victoria Dreams. Vigove (4m Gazouillis-Govive-Hetra Vert)) was a challenging third at 10/1 for teamster Pierre Vercruysse and trainer Franck Leblanc.

Today's opener at the Temple of Trot, on a bright, sunny afternoon, was the Prix de Parthenay (monte, three year-old females, 2700 meters, 46,000 euro purse) and Ms. Nathalie Henry won it with A Nous Deux (3f Goetmals Wood-Nina Madrik-In Love With You). Ms. Henry rode the winner perfectly and steadily, rallying to win in 1.16.2kr for trainer Ronny Kuiper, owner Jean-Pierre Dubois and breeder Ecurie D. Altesse du Surf (3f Chaillot-Lady du Surf-Boy du Pre) was placed second for jockey Martial Viel and Altair des Brouets (3f Quiz des Brouets-Luanda des Brouets-Quadrophenio) landed third for Jonathan Vanmeerbeck.

The Prix Jacinthe (2700 meters, two year-olds, 38,000 euro purse), contested during a gorgeous sunset, proved a bit of redemption for Ready Cash as sire, after his favored foals went offstride in today's feature. In this one, Bird Parker (2m Ready Cash-Belisha-Fakir du Vivier) scored at 12/1 for patient reinsman Pierre Vercruysse as the pair circled nearly all of the field to win in 1.16.3kr. Philippe Allaire trains the winner for owner Mme. Elisabeth Allaire. Brutus de Bailly (2m Niky-Nino de Bailly-Carnac) was second for reinsman J-M Bazire with Borjal (2m Memphis du Rib-Jaldemosa-Vrai Lutin) landing third for trainer/driver Franck Anne.

The winner's name Bird Parker relives my memory of legendary jazz musician Charlie "Bird' Parker who performed and recorded in Paris during his short but accomplished life as developer of "Bebop" and an icon of the hipster sub-culture. Parker was described as an uncompromising artist and intellectual, not just an entertainer, as illustrated by his recording "Bird in Paris - The Complete French Tour Recordings". Perhaps the name will live on with the trotting namesake Bird Parker.

by Thomas H. Hicks for 


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