Swedish harness racing magazine Trav Ronden have revealed that connections of French superstarare preparing a lightning raid on the United States next year.
The dual Prix d’Amerique winner and hot favourite for this weekend’s UET Masters Series final at Vincennes is being lined up for a shot at the Nat Ray and the Maple Leaf Trot next year, his trainertold the magazine while attending the Arquana Sales.
“His sights are set on going over to North America next year. The first race will be the Maple Leaf Trot, and then we go to the Nat Ray Trot, "told the magazine (translated from Swedish).
This would put him on a a tantalising collision course with another European superstar, Elitloppet and the inaugural Masters Series champion Sebastian K, who is being shipped to the United States later this year when his trainermoves to new stables in Florida.
The prospect of the two European giants taking on the best of American trotters will be a massive shot in the arm for the sport in the United States, bringing back memories of the halcyon days when races such as the Rooseveldt International brought massive crowds to venues such as Yonkers.
Perhaps this could be just the forerunner of greater co-operation between the two continents and even future US participation in the Masters Series.
Now there’s a thought.