Today's excellent Paris-Vincennes card was headlined by two Gr. II events. The Prix Une de Mai for juvenile fillies (Gr. II, 120,000 euro purse, 2175 meters, 10 starters). The race went to 9/1 upsetter Billie de Montfort (2f-Quismy de Montfort- ) in 1.13.7kr for .
The Sebastian Guarato trained, Philippe Dauphin owned filly remained undefeated in five starts, now with earnings of 97,200 euro. She closed stoutly to get by 2/1 favorite Be My Girl (2f-Ornella Rainbow- ) handled by Jos. Verbeeck for trainer and owner G. Poulsen-Allaire. This one now has five scores in six starts for 151,950 euro. Beauty Turgot (2f Hand du Vivier-Quouragane- ) was third for ahead of Bassanc de Marlu (2f -Jessie de Vonnas-Podosis) reined by her owner Jean-Pierre Dubois. Dubois has recorded 35 wins in 129 starts since May 1st including four graded wins (he has been 69 times 1-2-3).
The Prix de Damville (Q+ race of the day, 70,000 euro purse, 2700 meters, 18 starters) was up next as the Quinte+ jackpot was 1.5 million euro today. Valse Mika (4f Niky-Ellamika-Malouin) won this event in 1.14.6kr for Sylvain Roger (trainer/driver) with a strong closing brush for the filly owned by Ecurie La Petteviniere. Her earnings increased to 133,350 euro with this her sixth career win. Victoria du Jouan (4f Insert Gede-Jirondelle-) held second for Wm. Bigeon and third went to Vega du Noyer (4f Kiwi-Mansourah-Dream With Me).
The prestigious Prix Jules Lemonnier (120,000 euro purse, International Gr. II UET Masters Series, monte, 2175 meters, 14 starters) included big-time career winners and perhaps showcased those that may contest the Prix de Cornulier a week prior to the 2014 Prix d'Amerique.
Today 15/1 Save The Quick (7f-Heureuse Duchesse-Blue Dream) gained attention as she scored in a quick 1.11.5kr for , in the irons for conditioner and Ecurie Quick Star. The splits were fast in this event (1.09.2kr at the 1500, 1.10.4kr at the 1000 and 1.11.6kr at the 500) before they sprinted home.
Her career earnings are now 1,557,474 euro with this her 13th lifetime win. 5/1 Singalo (7m-Ingala- ) raced well and held second for David Thomain. owns and trains Singalo, last years' Prix de Cornulier winner, and a career winner of over 1.1 million euro. 3/1 Quarry Bay (9f -Barcarelle- ) also battled throughout and gained third along the pylons for Ms. Camille Levesque. trains Quarry Bay for Ecurie . Veteran Paladin Bleu (10m -
Una Picolina-Ianthin) was fourth for Ms. Margot Groli ahead of 2/1 favorite Roxane Griff (8f-Julia Mesloise-Sancha Panca)with aboard for trainer and owner Ecurie Griff. She's a career winner of over 1.7 million euro but today appeared to be disinterested in the challenge until the very late going.
The Prix de Strasbourg (80,000 euro purse, 2850 meters, 11 starters) was up next and Quartz de Fleurier (9g Hooper-Urzeile-Jorky) proved the best at 27/1 for P-Y Verva. He scored in 1.15kr for his 15th lifetime win. Pedro Vici (10g Hulk des Champs-Eau de Loir-Lutin d'Isigny) was home second for Wm. Bigeon ahead of Starter du Rib (7g-Jiviger- ) and J.L.C. Dersoir. He's owned by Ecurie Rib and conditioned by Joel Hallais, a leading monte trainer.
The Prix de Brive-La-Gaillarde (54,000 euro, 2100 meters autostart, 11 starters on the petit piste) showcased three year old males and 3/1 odds Akeste du Goutier (3m Quido du Goutier-Matsayama-Sebrazac) took the easy victory (his sixth career score) for. Amazar de Florange (3m -Pauleta- ) secured second for ahead of As Dore (3m -Dragee d'Or- ) handled by .
Note that the two graded events on today's card were won by offspring of(1997 foal by -Etoile du Pasteret-Mon Tourbillon). He won the Prix Jacques Vauloge, Criterium des 4ans, Prix de Milan, Prix de Selection and Criterium des 5ans during a successful career on the racetrack. His close-in pedigree shows no standardbred bloodlines, an 83% French trotter mix and 4% inbreeding coefficient.
Tomorrow the 240,000 euro purse Criterium Continental headlines the Paris-Vincennes card.'s Village Mystic may be the favorite in what promises to be a competitive affair (18 starters) over 2100 meters.
1. Princess Grif (F.Nivard)
2. Village Mystic (L.Baudron)
3. Vanika du Ruel (F.Anne)
4. Victoire (M.Mottier)
5. Pascia' Lest (E.Bellei)
6. Voltigeur de Myrt (D.Loqueneux )
7. Vera Pierji (T.Duvaldestin)
8. Vaux le Vicomte (J.M.Bazire)
9. Dreams Take Me (J.Takter)
10. Porthos Amok (E.Raffin)
11. Indigious (E.Adielsson)
12. Votka Bleu (A.Barrier)
13. Voyage de Reve (J.Dubois)
14. Volcan d'Urzy (J.Ph.Dubois)
15. Viking de Val (E.Lambertz)
16. System Performance( F.Ouvrie)
17. Vigove (P.Vercruysse)
18. Viva Island (J.P.Dubois)
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com