Day At The Track

POWERFUL TROTTING PERFORMANCE

11:07 PM 31 Jan 2005 NZDT
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Jag de Bellouet turned in an awesome performance in winning the Prix d’Amerique on Sunday afternoon (January 30) at Paris’ Vincennes Racecourse.

Driven by Christophe Gallier, the winner scrimmaged early with Scarlet Knight, Kesaco Phedo and Gigant Neo and was then able to control the pace nearly throughout.

This included a breather in the mid-portion of the 2700 metre race and then held the second and third place finishers, Gigant Neo and Ilster d’Espiens, safe at the wire and won by about one length.

The victory was worth 500,000 Euros to the winner – about $650,000.

It also completed a rare double since it came in the wake of Jag de Bellouet’s victory in the Prix de Cornullier, the world’s richest under-saddle race.

One week ago, over the same track, he became the first trotter since Bellino II, in 1976, to win both races, and only the fifth to turn the trick.

A crowd of approximately 31,000 witnessed the dominating performance, and wagered 2.15 million Euros ($2.8 million) on the day’s races.

According to the Web site paristurf.com, an additional 34.84 million Euros ($45.3 million) were wagered through the PMU – France’s off-track betting system.

Courtesy Of John Pawlak, Publicity/Public Relations Director, The United States Trotting Association

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