Ready Cash (8h Indy de Vive-Kidea) and driver Franck Nivard easily won Saturday’s Prix d’Ete and Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. The race was the Gr. II European Masters of Trot Series Finale with a purse of 500,000 euro ($659.000 US) over the 2,700 meter grande-piste from a turning start.
Save The Quick (7g Jasmin de Flore-Heureuse Duchesse) was first to lead for Bjorn Goop and set a moderate pace until Commander Crowe brushed to the front at the halfway point for J-M Bazire. The field bunched coming off the final bind with Ready Cash taking a first over position and then dispatching a fading Commander Crowe easily to draw off to a four length margin that he held to the end.
Ready Cash was favored at 7/10 odds. Second choice Timoko (6m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces) rallied late for second after being boxed on the pylons until half-way down the stretch, with Joseph Verbeeck up. The Best Madrik (6h Coktail Jet-Lady Madrik) ended third for Jean-Etienne Dubois with Save The Quick and Bagley taking the next two spots followed by Brad de Veluwe and On Track Piraten.
Ready Cash earned the victory in 1.11.9kr (1:55.68 mile rate over the 1-11/16 mile course), with a swift finish as the leader Commander Crowe was at a 1.12.4kr mark with 500 meters to go.
The Phillipe Allaire owned, Thierry Duvaldestin trained stallion is always “Ready” for the classic races with significant “Cash” at stake and today was no exception.
Many trotting fans wonder how Ready Cash and Timoko would fare against North America’s Intimidate and others after Intimidate’s fast closing 1:51s score in last night’s Credit Winner Trot at Vernon Downs, the fastest trotting mile in Vernon’s 60 years of operation.
by Thomas H. Hicks