2019 Prix d'Amérique
January 27, 2019 - Trotting, 2,700 meters, Paris-Vincennes
Preview: January 24, 2019
It has been a long time since the world's most important trotting race
was as exciting as this year.
Of course title holder Readly Express
will be the favourite,
but it is almost impossible to judge his current form.
After several poor performances it is also difficult to say where Bold Eagle
preparation was interrupted by a fever.
So it is not totally unlikely that a mare will
win the Prix d’Amérique for the first time since
twenty years, at least Belina Josselyn
displayed tremendous form
the recent weeks.
won more or less every race he could until his
2018 Prix d’Amérique
Afterwards he almost disappeared, missed the Elitloppet in his homeland Sweden
and got beaten twice by Propulsion when came back from a five-month break,
even ended fifth in the Sundsvall Open Trot, his worst placement ever.
He defended his Svenskt Mästerskap title in October
and then had another lay-off until he returned to Paris in late December.
Though driver Björn Goop did not push him, he finished runner-up
in the Prix de Bourgogne, only beaten by Bold Eagle.
His next start in the Prix de Belgique on January 13 seemed like a
training performance too, with all shoes on he ended fifth.
He will run the Prix d’Amérique without shoes again. If he then will be
able to produce last year's form, we will not know before January 27.
winner, got narrowly beaten by Readly Express in last year's Amérique.
He started as 15:10 favourite in the Prix de Bretagne in November, but
ended just fourth. Then,
without shoes for the first time, finished even only sixth in the
Prix du Bourbonnais, why many experts already wrote the 'Eagle' off.
However, Bold Eagle showed rising form again by winning
the Prix de Bourgogne. This victory should not be overvalued,
but certainly it was very important for his confidence.
ended third and fourth in the Amérique the last two years
and performed as strong as never before the rest of 2018.
The US-bred and Swedish-trained son of Muscle Hill, runner-up of the
was supposed to retire at the end of last year,
but due to his strong form was then prepared for the Prix d'Amérique again.
Unfortunately his preparation was interrupted by a fever,
why it was not clear, if he can start at all.
Due to positive training impressions trainer Daniel Redén decided to
go with him to Paris. But even Redén does not know if Propulsion
will reach his best form on Sunday.
appears the only full convincing horse among
the favourites at present.
She gave a strong performance in the Prix du Bourbonnais, when came from
the back of the field to miss victory by centimetres.
She seemed even better in the Prix de Belgique, won the race easily,
before she was disqualified due to an obstruction.
The daughter of Love You finished runner-up and fourth in the Amérique
the last two years. If her rivals really struggle, she could become the
first mare to win the Prix d'Amérique since Moni Maker back in 1999.
is one of the more experienced horses, it will be his
fourth Amérique start.
He has gained more than €2 million prize money already,
won the Grand Prix de Paris (4,150 m) ahead of Bélina Josselyn last year.
The eight-year-old took part in all four 'B-races' this season, ended
third twice before he defended his Prix de Belgique title most recently.
However, so far he never managed a better place than sixth in the 150 meters
shorter Prix d'Amérique.
Davidson Du Pont
qualified early for the Prix d'Amérique by winning the
Prix de Bretagne. The style he held all attacks there was very impressive,
though he will face opponents in much better form on January 27.
The only six-year-old Davidson Du Pont run his first Group race
at the beginning of this year, meanwhile triumphed in
three Group 1 races.
Delia Du Pommereux
gained her Amérique ticket with a second place
in the Prix de Bretagne. Although already qualified,
trainer Sylvain Roger sent her to the Prix du Bourbonnais to keep her
in form, and she actually even won that race!
She had already defeated Davidson Du Pont in the Prix Marcel Laurent
and had lost against him only by a 'head' in the Criterium des 5 ans.
Urlo Dei Venti
is Italy's Amérique hope this year.
In December the six-year-old run a new track record
in the Gran Premio Duomo (1,600 m) at Florence, it was his fifth Group 1 victory,
including the Gran Premio Lotteria.
He was already successful at Paris-Vincennes, won the
Prix du Luxembourg last year.
His last start was quite disappointing however, as clear favourite
he ended only fourth in a Group 3 race at Bologna on January 6.
still has the trust of many 'experts' despite
he has not won a race since 2017. In this season's 'B-races'
he had quite unlucky runs, only qualified after Belina Josselyn was disqualified
in the Prix de Belgique. Nevertheless, the colt
with the big heart from the Sébastien Guarato stable should not be underestimated.
is another six-year-old in the field
and the third Amérique starter from champion trainer Jean-Michel Bazire,
besides Belina Josselyn and Davidson Du Pont.
The Norwegian colt qualified via the Prix Ténor de Baune
on December 23rd, where he defeated Davidson Du Pont and a galloping
Delia Du Pommereux. He had not won too much in Norway before
he came to 'JMB' and will be the poorest Amérique participant with an
overall profit of only 139,122 Euro.
, the second Norwegian colt in the field, will run his fourth
Prix d'Amérique. Twice he got disqualified, gained a third place in 2017.
The greatest times of the nine-year-old seem to be over. At least he finished
runner-up in the International Trot in October, has only run twice since.
He enters the Amérique rested, still it would be quite a surprise,
would we see him in the final battle.
is the youngest participant in the field with only five years.
He gained his Amérique ticket when quite surprisingly won the
Critérium Continental. The son of Ready Cash proved that he can also
keep up with older cracks in the Prix de Belgique, where he finished
fourth ahead of Readly Express.
Of course there will be a different speed in the Prix d'Amérique,
still the youngster might be able to manage a place among the top ten.
tried to defend his title in the Prix de Cornulier last week,
but ended only runner-up there. A bit surprising that Philippe Allaire sends him
to the Prix d'Amérique now, where he has just tiny chances. However,
Traders had beaten Bold Eagle back in 2016 and did win the Prix Kerjacques
ahead of Bélina Josselyn last year.
With 1:10,1 he has the best time over 2,700 meters in the field.
succeeded a sensation when came runner-up in the
Prix de Belgique and qualified for the Amérique as 49:1 outsider.
Right after she had moved to the stable of Junior Guelpa
she had already managed to win the Grand Prix de Noël (G3) on December 23.
Of course the Prix d'Amérique is a complete different class,
still her recent performance was just very impressive.
qualified for the Prix d'Amérique when finished third in the
Prix de Bourgogne. Trained and owned by the Swiss René Aebischer,
she managed to finish runner-up right behind Bold Eagle and ahead
of Belina Josselyn in the Prix René Ballière in June.
Still the eight-year-old daughter of Love You will only be outsider
on January 27.
Charly Du Noyer
had once won the Critérium des 3 Ans
and the Critérium des 4 Ans, but never really satisfied expectations.
In the Prix d'Amérique he will be a huge outsider again, also why
he has not won a race since almost two years.
Billie De Montfort
qualified through her prize money of 1,8 Million Euro.
Last year's Grand Prix Gelsenkirchen winner took part in two 'B-races',
where she was without a chance, which she will be also on Sunday.
is the fifth horse from the Sébastien Guarato stable
besides Bold Eagle, Eridan, Carat Williams and Billie De Montfort,
which might be a tactical advantage for Bold Eagle.
Valko Jenilat, with ten years the oldes participant,
will surley not win the Prix d'Amérique, last year he managed at least a ninth place.
Nov.18 - Prix De Bretagne (2,700 m - Davidson Du Pont)
Dec.09 - Prix du Bourbonnais (2,850 m - Delia Du Pommereux)
Dec.23 - Criterium Continental (2,100 m, 4yo - Eridan)
Dec.23 - Prix Tenor de Baune (2,700 m, 5yo - Looking Superb)
Dec.30 - Prix de Bourgogne (2,100 m - Bold Eagle)
Jan.13 - Prix de Belgique (2,850 m - Bird Parker)
Jan.27 - Prix d'Amérique (2,700 m - Belina Josselyn)
Feb.10 - Prix de France (2,100 m - Readly Express)
Feb.24 - Prix de Paris (4,150 m - Belina Josselyn)