Today marked the first session of the annual Grand Prix d'Amerique Mixed Sale conducted by Arqana Trot.
Comprised of young, lightly raced and unraced stock, the initial session saw 71 horses offered of which 62%, or 44, sold for an aggregate value of 251,500 euro, an average of 5,716 euro. Sale topper was hip 53, the three year-old colt Bold de Tonnerre (by) that brought 15,000 euro off a qualifying effort at La Capelle. Session #2 on Thursday is comprised of only stallion shares, including those of , Password, Quaker Jet, , , Texas Charm, The Best Madrik, Timoko and Up And Quick.
Racing continued at Paris-Vincennes and Cagnes sur Mer on Tuesday-Wednesday with much European influence in races so designated. The feature today at Cagnes sur Mer was the 55,000 euro purse Prix Une de Mai over 2925 meters with 17 starters. This Quinte+ race of the day (jackpot 3.15 million euro) went to Tailor handled by trainer Yannick Briand. Tailor increased career earnings to over 189.000 euro with the 1.14.2kr win, his 13th lifetime victory. The Quinte+ exact order payoff was 15,470 euro for a two euro wager.
January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer, Prix Une de Mai, 55,000 euro purse, 2925 meters, 17 starters, Quinte+ with 3.15 million euro jackpot 1.14.2kr
1st Tailor (7m Intrepide-Une Gamine-Hetre Vert), Yannick A. Briand driver/trainer, 2.7/1, 13th career win for 189,940 euros won
2nd Roller Quick (9m Derby du Gite-Arquebuse-), Jean Uroz trainer/driver at 7.3/1
3rd Superdu Chatelet (8g-Jaina du Chatelet-Jet du Vivier), Roland Jaffrelot up at 16/1
Three year-olds competed in the Prix du Perigord today on the shore at Cagnes sur Mer with Busquesda taking victory at 18/1 for Laurent Fresneau. Favored Blanco du Biwetz was second forwith Black Blues third for Jean-Pierre Dubois. Black Blues is cataloged to sell Friday at the Arqana Trot Prix d'Amerique Sale.
January 22, 2014, Cagnes sur mer - Prix du Perigord, 16,000 euro purse, 2125 meters, 9 starters 1.17.9kr
1st Busquesda (3f Repeat Love-Quelette-Hasting), Laurent Fresneau trainer/driver/owner, 18/1 odds
2nd Blanco du Biwetz (3m-Lio du Biwetz- ), up at 3/2
3rd Black Blues (3m-Scarlet Lady- ), Jean-Pierre Dubois driver/owner at 3/1
The Prix de Pont-Audemer showcased European males on Tuesday at Paris-Vincennes for a 58,000 euro purse over the sprinter distance of 2100 meters autostart. The Peter J. Strooper trained Duke Of Greenwood prevailed for reinsman Hugo Langeweg, Jr. in 1.14kr in a front-stepping score. The German registered trotter increased his earnings to over 101,000 euro. Jos. Verbeeck was second with a son ofnamed Alto de Viette that closed strongly for second at 20/1 ahead of Renoir Dany and Italy's Marco Smorgon, off at 15/1. Another Italian performer was fifth, that being the Infinitif colt Rue du Bac, he from Ici by .
January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Pont-Audemer, European males, 58,000 euro purse, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters 1.14kr
1st Duke of Greenwood (4m Otello Pierji-Nikki Groenhof-Meadow Road), Hugo Langeweg, Jr. up for trainer P.J. Strooper and owner Michel F. Rothengatter, his third win for 101,836 euro (Germany)
2nd Alto de Viette (4m-Mini Ceinture- ), Jos. Verbeeck up at 20/1
3rd Renoir Dany (4m-Nikita November- ), Marco Smorgon up at 15.1 (Italy)
4th Amazon du Floriange (4g-Peoleta- ), Loic Guinoiseau up at 12/1
5th Rue du Bac (4m Infinitif-Ici-), up at 4/1, bred by Scuderia Bolgheri (Italy)
European monte practitioners contested the 62,000 euro Prix de Dieppe over 2700 meters. Mathieu Abrivard prevailed with his partner, the seven year-old mare Tuanita d'Occagnes in 1.14.4kr. The mare recorded her fifth career win and increased earnings to over 227,000 euro.
January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Dieppe, European monte, 62,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 16 starters 1.14.4kr
1st Tuanita d'Occagnes (7f-Juanita d'Occagnes-Quadrophenio), Mathieu Abrivard up at 7.2/1; her fifth career win for 227,740 euros lifetime
2nd Tsar de Houelle (7g Baccarat du Pont-Vanita de la Motte-Granit),up at 4.3/1 for trainer
3rd Surlando de Viette (8g Quadrophenio-Jolimira-), Sebastien Emmanuel Pasquier up at 37/1
Another European event, the 90,000 euro Prix de Mironde with 17 starters, went to theteamed Vulcain de Vandel in 1.14.2kr over the classic 2700 meter distance. German invader Dream Magic BE was a good second for Josef Franzl at 35/1. He's by from a Defi d'Aunou mare.
January 21, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Mironde, European, 90,000 euro purse, 17 starters 1.14.2kr
1st Vulcain de Vandel (5m-Ophelia de Vandel-Defi d'Aunou), up at 2.2/1; his seventh career win for 179,550 euro
2nd Dream Magic BE (5m-Dentesca Cla-Defi d'Aunou), Josef Franzl aboard the German invader at 35/1
3rd Vicomte Boufarcaux (5m Oh James-Olympe du Bouford-Eclat de la Crau),up at 71/1
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com