Prix d'Amerique takes place in 28 days

06:40 AM 31 Dec 2013 NZDT
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Texas Charm is one of the early favorites

After Texas Charm's win in yesterday's Prix de Bourgogne (his 14th career win now with earnings of 1,106,350 euro), over 2100 meters autostart, the point standing for the three "B" qualifiers is as follows:


Triode de Fellière

18 pts


Uhlan du Val 

18 pts


Texas Charm

13 pts


Up And Quick 

6 pts


Tiego d'Etang

6 pts


Ready Cash

4 pts


Soleil du Fossé

3 pts



3 pts


Roxane Griff

2 pts


Treskool du Caux

2 pts


Texas Charm and driver Julien Dubois may take the family heritage to the world's truly classic trotting event. Jean-Pierre Dubois and sons Jean-Etienne and Jean-Philippe combined have four Prix d'Amerique victories. Texas Charm has two wins in 2013 timed at 1.10kr or better. Based on yesterday's win and special strong finish after a three-wide move against then leading pacesetter Timoko, one can believe that the six year-old son of Cygnus d'Odyssee can extend to the 2700 meter distance.

Some observers believe 2014 will reveal a changing of the guard of the world's best trotters with Ready Cash, Royal Dream, Timoko, Roxane Griff and The Best Madrik having perhaps lost a step. But don't count out Ready Cash quite yet. Franck Nivard usually finds a strategically advantageous spot for his veteran, now with earnings of 4,282,300 euro and 40 victories, and he raced well yesterday despite being close to the exceptionally fast early fractions.

It was also reported today that Italian sprinter Mack Grace SM will not contest the Prix d'Amerique. He's won 12 straight and may wait to meet the challenge of the Gran Criterium du Vitesse at Cagnes-sur-mer in early March, at the mile distance autostart, and after the European top Echelon have battled in the Prix d'Amerique, Prix de France and Prix de Paris, each two weeks apart starting with January 26.

by Thomas H. Hicks for 




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