The classic Gr. I International harness race over 2700 meters, for one million euro purse, should be a punters delight. It is the world's richest race for Standardbreds.
Well-regarded Maharajah, Timoko,, Mack Grace SM and Nesta Effe all have a chance but each have issues such as suspect recent performances, off time from meaningful competition and whether they can handle the distance at sustained fast pace.
Alternatively,is the likely favorite and has been patiently prepped for this attempt at his third Prix d'Amerique victory. But he faces formidable challenges from last week's Prix de Cornulier winner Roxane Griff, the good-closing The Best Madrik, recent "B" winner Yarrah Boko and relative newcomers Up And Quick (teamed by J-M Bazire) and Triode de Felliere (Anthony Barrier will drive).
Take your pick! It should be a fine contest sure to attract international racing attention and punter play. Both Triode de Felliere and Up And Quick will race shoeless as will The Best Madrik and Roxane Griff.
Here is the field:
Prix d’Amerique 2014
1. Uhlan du Val–Cedric Megissier-France
2. Soleil de Fosse–Thierry Duvaldestin–France
3. Triode de Filliere-Anthony Barrier-France
4. Up and Quick–Jean Michel Bazire-France
5. Vanika du Ruel–Franck Anne-France
6. Quinoa du Gers–Mathieu Abivard-France
7. Nesta Effe–Roberto Vecchione-Italy
8. Yarrah Boko–Pierre Vercruysse-Norway
9. Reve de Beylev–Dominik Locqueneux-France
10. Tiego d’Etang–Christian Bigeon-France
11. Mack Grace SM–Roberto Andreghetti-Italy
12. The Best Madrik–Jean Etienne Dubois–France
13. Royal Dream–Jean Philippe Dubois-France
14. Save the Quick–Franck Ouvrie-France
15. Roxane Griff–Eric Raffin-France
16. Timoko–Jos Verbeeck-France
17. Maharajah–Ôrjan Kihlström–Sweden
18. Ready Cash–Franck Nivard-France
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com