Day At The Track

Maven, Solvato & Vabellino at Vincennes Sunday

04:46 AM 09 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Maven races Sunday at Paris-Vincennes
Mark Hall/USTA Photo

For the first time since 1979, one of the last preparatory race prior to the Prix D’Amerique, the Prix de Belgique , has only ten trotters entered for this Sunday at Paris-Vincennes. The purse is at $145,000 (US).

Since 1990, the last of the "B" race has at least twelve starters. This edition promises to be very special, and will not be supporting the quinté + bet.

The morning line favorite for the race is Vabellino (2 - Eric Raffin), who races barefoot and can win his ticket to the big race if successful as the winner of the race gets an automatic entry into the Prix D’Amerique .

Another favorite in the field is Up And Quick ( 10 - Jean- Michel Bazire ) who will be handicapped twenty-five meters, and will wear shoes with Jean -Michel Bazire driving . Texas Charm (9 - Julien Dubois), will race with shoes too. Elles W Phedo (1 - Johanna Lindqvist ), better known in the European races, tries his luck against the elite, racing without shoes.

Here is the field for the Prix de Belgique

1. Elles W Phedo–Johanna Lindqvist
2. Vabellino–Eric Raffin
3. Very Nice Marceaux–Pierre Vercruysse
4. Solea Rivelliere–Philippe Daugeard
5. Kadett CD–Robert Bergh
6. Uhlan du Val–Cedric Megissier
7. Roxana de Barbray–Gabriele Gelormini
8. Severino–Christian Bigeon
9. Texas Charm–Julien Dubois
Trailing the field by 25 meters
10. Up and Quick–Jean Michel Bazire

Maven also races on the same program and headlines the Prix Tenor de Baune, a race for 6-year-old trotters over the 1-11/16 mile distance, also for a purse of $145,000.

There are ten entered in the race and Maven drew the far outside post 10 as she is the highest money earner in the field. She will again face Solvato (Orjan Kihlstrom), who two weeks back captured the Prix de Bourgogne at Vincennes and earned an automatic entry to the Prix D’Amerique.

Solvato was bred in the United States and is a full brother to world champion filly, Shake It Cerry.

Here is the field for the Tenor de Baune

1. Claes Boko–Johanna Lindqvist
2. Valko Jenilat–Glenny Delaune
3. Voyage de Rêve–Jean Philippe Dubois
4. Vulcain de Vandel–Franck Nivard
5. Villeroi–Eric Raffin
6. Chelsea Boko–Bjørn Goop
7. Voltigeur de Myrt–Gabriele Gelormini
8. Solvato–Örjan Kihlström
9. Mosaique Face–Jos Verbeeck
10. Maven–Jean Michel Bazire

By Steve Wolf, for

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