Sweden's Big Grand Prix d'Amerique Day

09:10 AM 27 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Maharajah, harness racing Oasis Bi, harness racing
Maharajah escapes the pocket and goes on to victory
Paris Turf Photo
Oasis Bi and driver Bjorn Goop give Sweden another big victory
Paris Turf Photo

Maharajah's stirring win of today's Grand Prix d'Amerique stamps him as a great horse and his trainer Stefan Hultman and ownership should be commended for their patient preparation for the big challenge.

They did a great job and Orjan Kihlstom engineered a perfect trip for the son of Viking Kronos as he wore down the game and speedy Up And Quick (by Buvetier d'Aunou by Royal Prestige), 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, 1,000,000€ 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 Viking Kronos-Chili Khan-Giant Chill), Orjan Kihlstom for trainer Stefan Hultman and owner Travkompaniets Stall AB, 8.7/1, 31st lifetime win for 2,602,451€ earned (Sweden)

2nd Up And Quick (6m Buvetier d'Aunou-Fichtre), J-M Bazire up for Franck Leblanc trainer and Ecurie Quick Star, 2.5/1 odds

3rd Yarrah Boko (9m Coktail Jet-Big Blue Kitten), Pierre Vercruysse up for Norway's Trond Anderssen trainer 19/1 (Norway, Sweden registered)

4th Roxane Griff (9f Tenor de Baune-Julia Mesloise), Eric Raffin up for Sebastien Guarato trainer, 21/1

5th Timoko (7m Imoko-Kiss Me Coulonces), Jos. Verbeeck up for trainer/owner Richard Westerink, 25/1

6th Uhlan du Val (6m Islero de Bellouet-Indiana Beautiful), Cedric Megissier up at 50/1

7th Royal Dream (9m Love You-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 Bjorn Goop won with Oasis Bi shortly afterward, in a dramatic win along the pylons from a huge gathering on the line. The son of Toss Out 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 Hot Blues, 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, 100,000€ 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 Toss Out-Up Front JM), Bjorn Goop up at 8.5/1

2nd Seduisant Fouteau (8m Gazouillis-Elisalde), Charles Dreux up at 16/1

3rd Trebol (7m Hot Blues-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 Jasmin de Flore-Oasis Viniere), Mathieu Abrivard up at 93/1

by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com

 

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