Trotting preview: 2020 Prix d'Amerique
 Prix d'Amerique 2019

2020 Prix d'Amérique

January 26, 2020 - Trotting, 2,700 meters, Paris-Vincennes

Preview: November 20, 2019

The end of the generation Bold Eagle seems to have come, at least regarding the Prix d'Amérique. Young trotters press forward, with new French superstar Face Time Bourbon leading the way.

Face Time Bourbon won almost everything he could in the age of three and that has not changed since he became four this season. Fifteen victories from eighteen starts, four on G1 level, that's his commanding record. One reason why he is favourite to win the Prix d'Amérique in such a young age are his confident and focussed performances. His permanent driver Björn Goop said about him, he could drive him like a car, and he would be on eye level with the best horses he has ever guided. Most recently Face Time Bourbon won the Grand Prix de I'UET in Finland in an impressive time of 1:10,7. He will get another start ahead of the Prix d’Amérique in December.

Who's Who is Sweden's hope in this season's Prix d'Amérique. Last year's Swedish Derby winner has only been carefully engaged this year, won four of his five starts, most recently the Jubileumspokalen. To prepare him for the 2020 Prix d'Amérique at best, the five-year-old son of Maharajah was sent to Paris already in November. He was not really pushed in the Prix De Bretagne on November 17 and will get another preparation start in the Prix du Bourbonnais (December 8), before he probably goes for victory the first time in the Prix Ténor du Baune (December 22).

Davidson Du Pont is already six years old but seems to be one of the horses, that are getting better with age, why he also represents a new generation. He run his first group race in the age of five, won the Critérium des 5 ans the same year and then managed a fourth place in the Prix d'Amérique. After an eight-month-break Davidson Du Pont had three starts in Paris since October, most impressively in the Prix De Bretagne, where he defended his title in great style. In this form he must be among the hottest Amérique candidates, but will he be able to hold this form until the end of January?

Belina Josselyn triumphed in the 2019 Prix d’Amérique, she had already finished second and fourth in this race before. After her Amérique victory she also won the Prix de Paris over 4.150 meters in February, but left this race with a leg injury. The eight-year-old daughter of Love You had her first start since eight months on October 22. She will now get smoothly prepared for her title defence by Jean-Michel Bazire. Belina Josselyn took also part in the Prix De Bretagne, but as expected, used this race only as a preparation run.

Bold Eagle, winner of the Prix d'Amérique 2016 and 2017, has been the dominating horse of the world's most prestigious trotting race the recent years. After some disappointing performances ahead of the last Amérique, it was not a real surprise that he ended only sixth there. This time the 'Eagle' enters preparation with a victory, he had won the Breeders Crown in Woodbine (Canada) on October 26. His next race will be the Prix du Bourbonnais (Dec 8) before he will try to defend his title in the Prix de Bourgogne (Dec 29). His permanent driver is now Eric Raffin.

Propulsion actually should have been retired before last year's Prix d'Amérique but due to his great form they let him run. The question about the end of his career was asked this summer again, and again they decided to leave the eight-year-old in training. Trainer Daniel Redén recently declared that he aims the 2020 Elitloppet with Propulsion, he did not (yet) make a statement about the Paris winter meeting. Propulsion had finished third, fourth and fifth in the Amérique the last three years.

Looking Superb made huge improvements since he came from Norway to the French stable of Jean Michel Bazire. His victory in the Prix Ténor de Baune followed a surprising and very strong second place in last year's Prix d’Amérique. The six-year-old son of Orlando Vici kept on running the whole year but was not able to achieve any further successes. A third place Prix De Bretagne already guaranteed him a place in the 2020 Prix d’Amérique.

Vitruvio is another young colt, who could become a talking point in the future. Trained by Alessandro Gocciadoro in Italy, the five-year-old won not only the Oslo Grand Prix, he also prevailed in the strong field of the Ulf Thoresen Grand International. He got only beaten by the track record-breaking Cokstile in the Premio Gran Delle Nazioni at Milan but disappointed in the Prix Marcel Laurent on November 7, where he finished only seventh.

Ringostarr Treb will run the last race of his career in the 2020 Prix d'Amérique. The ten-year-old winner of the 2018 Elitloppet should not be underestimated due to his extensive experience. This summer the Italian had won the Hugo Åbergs Memorial and the Sundsvall Open Trot in Sweden.

Chica De Joudes gained an Amérique ticket when came runner-up in the Prix De Bretagne. The seven-year-old mare will only be outsider there. Her recent victory in the Prix du Languedoc (Group 3) was her biggest success so far.

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Fixtures - Paris winter meeting 2019/20:
Nov. 17 - Prix De Bretagne (2.700 m - Davidson Du Pont)
Dec. 08 - Prix du Bourbonnais (2.850 m)
Dec. 22 - Criterium Continental (2.100 m, 4j)
Dec. 22 - Prix Tenor de Baune (2.700 m, 5j)
Dec. 29 - Prix de Bourgogne (2.100 m)
Jan. 12 - Prix de Belgique (2.850 m)
Jan. 27 - Prix d'Amérique (2.700 m)
Feb. 09 - Prix de France (2.100 m)
Feb. 23 - Prix de Paris (4.150 m)

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