Maharajah's stirring win of today's Grand Prix d'Amerique stamps him as a great horse and his trainerand ownership should be commended for their patient preparation for the big challenge.
They did a great job andengineered a perfect trip for the son of as he wore down the game and speedy Up And Quick (by by ), with Jean-Michel Bazire teaming, as the line approached. It was an exciting race, contested by great horses. Fans were entertained by the pre-card parade, including the drivers in vintage autos, and the Republicaine Garde that put on a super show.
January 26, 2014 Paris-Vincennes, Grand Prix d'Amerique, Gr. I International UET Masters Series, 2700 meters, 1,000,000â‚¬ purse, 18 starters 1.13.3kr
Fractions: 1.14.3kr at 1500, 1.14.1kr at 1000, 1.13.7kr at 500, 1.13.3kr at finish
1st Maharajah (9m-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), for trainer and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB, 8.7/1, 31st lifetime win for 2,602,451â‚¬ earned (Sweden)
2nd Up And Quick (6m-Fichtre), J-M Bazire up for trainer and Ecurie Quick Star, 2.5/1 odds
3rd Yarrah Boko (9m-Big Blue Kitten), Pierre Vercruysse up for Norway's Trond Anderssen trainer 19/1 (Norway, Sweden registered)
4th Roxane Griff (9f-Julia Mesloise), up for trainer, 21/1
5th Timoko (7m-Kiss Me Coulonces), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer/owner , 25/1
6th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier up at 50/1
7th(9m -Ida Bourbon), Jean-Philippe Dubois up, 29/1
Other non-disqualified finishers in order: Quinoa du Gers, Tiego d'Etang, Vanika du Ruel, Triode de Felliere, Nesta Effe, The Best Madrik, Mack Grace SM, Reve de Beylev
The Prix d'Amerique was also the Quinte+ race of the day and it returned 82,364 for a two euro wager, even if one did not have the jackpot number that was worth 10 million euros this day. Despite heavy rain at times the enthusiastic crowd made their cheers heard and wagered heavily. Win-place wagering alone on the feature race neared 3.8 million euros.Swedish race fans had more to cheer about as won with Oasis Bi shortly afterward, in a dramatic win along the pylons from a huge gathering on the line. The son of from the US exported mare Upfront JM scored in 1.12.6kr in the Gr. III Prix Rene Gougeon over 2100 meters. 16 starters faced the autostart in this one and it was a battle from the outset. Spain's hopeful, Trebol by , raced well again to be third for Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou as this pair are always competitive during Prix d'Amerique week.
January 26, 2014 Paris Vincennes, Prix Jean-Rene Gougeon (Prix Chevrolet), 2100 meters, Gr. III European, 2100 meters autostart, 100,000â‚¬ purse, 16 starters 1.12.6kr
Fractions: 1.09.4kr at 1500, 1.09.9kr at 1000, 1.12kr at 500, 1.12.6kr finish
1st Oasis Bi (6m-Up Front JM), up at 8.5/1
2nd Seduisant Fouteau (8m Gazouillis-Elisalde), Charles Dreux up at 16/1
3rd Trebol (7m-Sally Can Wait), Gabriel-Angel Pou Pou trainer/driver at 30/1 (Spain)
4th The de Chine (7g Blue Eyes America-Haparine), J.L.C. Dersoir aboard at 13/1
5th Ut Viniere (8m-Oasis Viniere), Mathieu Abrivard up at 93/1
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com