Day At The Track

Nesta Effe & Mack Grace SM to Prix d'Amerique???

10:24 AM 17 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Mack Grace SM could be headed for Prix d'Amerique
Nesta Effe may be entered in Prix d'Amerique

Last week Nesta Effe, the veteran Italian son of Naglo trained by Holger Ehlert, qualified impressively at Follonica after a long layoff. He could be an entrant to the January 26 Prix d'Amerique but needs to have competed in at least one race since October. Management of the Florence track has reportedly offered to provide that opportunity on Sunday over 2100 meters. If this happens the classy chestnut could get a Prix d'Amerique call, along with Mack Grace SM.

Mack Grace SM, the son of CC's Chuckie T, is on a 12 race win streak for trainer Luccio Colletti. He had previously decided not to challenge in the Prix d'Amerique as his pupil is better suited to sprint racing. However, at the request of ownership, Colletti may change plans and Italy could have its two most prestigious equine stars at the start. That would add to the drama of the classic race.

Saturday at Paris-Vincennes two excellent graded events headline the card. The Prix de Pardieu field includes Anastasia Fella, a career winner of over 400,000 euro, and the Prix de Brest includes Libeccio Grif, Sanity and Roi du Lupin, all winners of over 700,000 euro. The first two will start with a 25 meter handicap with the latter 50 meters behind those traveling 2850 meters.

January 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Pardieu, Gr. II monte, females, 2175 meters, 15 starters

Altair des Brouets, J. Vanmeerbeck

Aventure des Isles, A, Garandeau

Amande Amere, A. Barrier

Anna Maria, Mlle. C. Leclercq

Aureness, F. Lagadeuc

A Nous Deux, Mille. Nathalie Henry

Aurea Vikland, P-Y Verva

Agilite Jenilou, O. Touvais

Anne de Neulliac, B. Chanonat

Antara Buissonay, P. Edouard Mary

Agrippine, A. Abrivard

Aquarelle de Fael, D. Bonne

Alexia du Cherisay, E. Raffin

Asana Trembladaise, A. Dollion

Anastasia Fella, F. Nivard

January 18, 2014 Paris-Vincennes Prix de Brest, 2850 meters, Gr. III European, 120,000 euro purse, 17 starters

Sam Gibus, S. Baude

Renardo Bello, D. Bonne

Tornade du Digeon, J-M Bazire

TonReve de Cahot, D. Thomain

Turbo Jet, Jean-Etienne Dubois

Starter du Rib, J.L.C. Dersoir

Roxane de Beaumee, P. Levesque

Global Manhattan, M. Abrivard

Soumoulou, F. Nivard

Sierra Leone, J-C Hallais

Sissi du Morin, P. Daugeard

Querios du Mirel, T. LeBeller

Qwidil, J. Guelpa

Maxwell Mayday, D. Locqueneux

Libeccio Grif, P. Vercruysse, 2875 meters

Sanity, F. Ouvrie, 2875 meters

Roi du Lupin, A. Barrier 2900 meters

Today's Quinte+ race at Paris-Vincennes went to Unemaud Verderie as she took the Prix de Pontault-Combault in 1.14.9kr over 2700 meters. 18 females "trotteurs" were at the start for a purse of 55,000 euro. The Q+ jackpot was 2.6 million euro this day.

January 16, 2014 Paris Vincennes - Prix de Pontault-Combault, 55,000 euro purse, females, 2700 meters, 18 starters, Quinte+ jackpot 2.6 million euro  1.14.9kr

1st Unemaud Verderie (6f Nem-Maud de Montfort-Alpha Barbres), Aymeric Thomas up at 5/1 odds

2nd Urfee du Mouchel (6f Buvetier d'Aunou-Olga du Mouchel-Vikings Way), Matthieu Abrivard aboard

3rd Urtikaline (6f Krac Special-Oraline-Historien)m J-M Bazire up

4th Unemaud Verderie (Paris-Turf photo)

On Wednesday in Sweden several interesting performances took place. Luck You DE (4f Love You-Lead The Way-Diamond Way) scored for trainer/driver Conrad Lugauer at Kalmar over 2140 meters, her first career win in a first attempt. Montana Crown (4g Going Kronos-Montana Chill-Giant Chill) won for Lutfi Kolgjini over 2160 meters at Jagersro, his second win in five lifetime starts.

At the same venue two bred by Italy's Scuderia Bolgheri won, with On Broadway (6g Goetmals Wood-Muscles Onbroadway-Muscles Yankee) scoring over 3160 meters for trainer Kolgjini in 1.16.6kr, his ninth career victory. Paparazzi (5g Infinitif-Emily di Jesolo-Coktail Jet) also won for Kolgjini over 1640 meters in 1.13.9kr, his seventh lifetime win. The Infinitif colt Summerside (3m Infinitif-Ziniaz-Buvetier d'Aunou) was second at Jagersro for Erwin Bot in only his fourth career appearance. Dream With Me Europe AB owns this one, also bred in Italy by Scuderia Bolgheri.

by Thomas H. Hicks for








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