Yarrah Boko (9m-Big Blue Kitten- ) scored a rallying victory in today's fourth "B", the 120,000 euro purse Prix de Belgique over 2850 meters turning start, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters. Strategically handled by Pierre Vercruysse, Yarrah Boko scored in 1.14.4kr and repeated his performance of winning this event a year ago. Trond Anderssen trains the winner for owner Jan Erik Anderssen. Holland's Boko Stables bred the winner, now with 36 career wins for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro. Vercruysse left alertly with Yarrah Boko to take the lead and then yielded to race in third on the inside until top of the long Paris-Vincennes lane. Blocked briefly, the pair escaped and moved three wide to wear down the leaders. Yarrah Boko did not start in the 2013 Prix d'Amerique due to injury and then returned to racing on July 14 with three straight wins. He last raced October 26 at Jagersro finishing third in the C.L. Mullers Memorial
Several competitors also raced well today including the six year-old youngster Univers de Pan, the race favorite, Save The Quick and The Best Madrik both of which finished strongly after overcoming 25 meter handicaps. Vanika du Ruel, the speedy five year-old mare handled by, made a strong push at the leaders around the last bend to get into contention before fading to seventh.
A large enthusiastic crowd was on hand for the excellent racing card with the Prix de Belgique being today's Quinte+ race of the day.
Dam of the winner, Big Blue Kitten (1997,-Dasooner Dabettor-Meadow Road) took a 3, 2:00.4h record at Freehold and at three won the Lady Suffolk and in Sweden the Elitsto. She was bred by UK and NBA basketball legend Sam Bowie and sold November 10, 2001 to Boko Stables. The $80,000 yearling at Select Sale thus disappeared from USTA records. She has produced six foals in Europe, five winners, six money winners including Yarrah Boko, Wolf Boko (by ), Zola Boko (by ), Aristocrat Boko )by ), Boa Boko (by Express It) and Nostradamos Face (by ).
January 12, 2014 - Paris-Vincennes, Prix de Belgique, 120,000 euro purse, Gr. II, UET Masters Series International, 15 starters 1.14.4kr
Fractions: 1.15.8kr at 1500; 1.15.4kr at 1000, 1.14.6kr at 500, 1.14.4kr finish
1st Yarrah Boko (9m-Big Blue Kitten- ), Pierre Vercruysse up for Trond Anderssen trainer, owner Jan Erik Anderssen and breeder Boko Stables, his 36th career win for earnings in excess of 1.1 million euro, off at 5.8/1, winner of this "B" event last year in 1.13.3kr, injured and non-starter in Prix d'Amerique, returned to racing July 14, 2013 and posted three straight wins, last started October 26 finishing third in C.L. Mullers Memorial at Jagersro
2nd Univers de Pan (6m Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudiere),up at 1.8/1 favorite
3rd Soleil du Fosse (8m-Fortune du Posse- ), up at 9/1
4th Save The Quick (8f-Heureuse Duchess-Blue Dream), J-M Bazire up at 26/1 for Ecurie Quick and trainer , finished well
5th Roxana de Barbray (9f-Iriana des Enclos-Vrai Lutin), up at 14/1
6th The Best Madrik (7m-Lady Madrik- ), Jean-Etienne Dubois up, raced superbly overcoming 25 meter handicap
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com