2020 Prix d'Amérique
January 26, 2020 - Trotting, 2,700 meters, Paris-Vincennes
Preview: January 16, 2020
The world's most important trotting race is an exciting clash of generations this year.
The old guard around Bold Eagle
and defending champion Belina Josselyn
gets challenged by keen younger trotters,
with new superstar Face Time Bourbon
leading the way.
Face Time Bourbon
will be the clear Amérique favourite in the age of five already,
even though he competed with older horses only a single time.
His 18 victories from 21 starts are not the only reason for it,
the confident and focussed way he runs is well convincing too.
After he had won the Grand Prix de I'UET in a time of 1:10,7 in October,
he got a two-month racing break ahead of the Paris winter meeting,
which he terminated with victories in the Prix Octave Douesnel and Critérium Continental.
The last five-year-old who had won the Prix d'Amérique after the Critérium Continental
was Face Time Bourbon's half brother Bold Eagle back in 2015,
also trained by Sébastien Guarato.
Davidson Du Pont
is already seven years old but seems to be one of the horses,
that are getting better with age, why he also represents a new generation.
He ran 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 he defended his Prix De Bretagne title in great style and
saved energy in the other B-races. Though he ran with all irons in the Prix de Belgique on January 12,
he demonstrated his class on the home stretch, came from the back of the field to finish third.
Davidson Du Pont is one of the few older horses who already clashed with Face Time Bourbon,
had been defeated by him in the Prix de Sélection in March.
is another colt who got time to develop at the beginning of his career.
The six-year-old started to run on group level not too early, gave several strong performances lately,
entered the Prix Ténor de Baune as second favourite and won it impressively.
He improved the race record by more than one second to 1:11,6.
Considering that the record of the Prix d'Amérique lies at 1:11,2,
Excellent could make an impact there, provided he can hold his form.
At his last test in the Prix de Belgique he got disqualified at the start.
triumphed in the
2019 Prix d’Amérique
she had already finished second and fourth in this race before.
After her big success she also won the Prix de Paris over 4.150 meters in February,
but left this race with a leg injury. That caused all sorts of speculations,
as she was not seen on a racetrack until the end of October.
The nine-year-old daughter of Love You took then part in all four B-races,
but ran with all shoes and was never forced into action
until the Prix de Belgique on January 12.
Trainer and driver Jean-Michel Bazire let her go in that race, and she replied with an easy victory.
Speculations about the end of her career have stopped since. Still, we do not really know
how strong the title holder is, as the opposition in the Prix de Belgique
was not truly expressive.
, winner of the Prix d'Amérique
has been the dominating horse of the world's most prestigious trotting race
the recent years. However, the 'Eagle' could not really keep up with the best horses lately,
why one is wondering, that he is set for the Amérique again, even though
he won the Canadian Breeders Crown in October.
Different to other horses, Bold Eagle was sent to the B-races to win them.
That did not work and was probably not the best for the morale of the former superstar.
Delia Du Pommereux
defended her title in the Prix du Bourbonnais on December 8,
she beat Bold Eagle on the line there and must now be on the short list for the 2020 Prix d'Amérique.
According to trainer Sylvain Roger, the seven-year-old mare was overloaded after her success
last year and had already past her best in the Amérique.
Therefore, Delia Du Pommereux saved strength in her last test, still ended fifth in the Prix de Belgique.
has made astonishing improvements since he came from Norway
to the French stable of Jean-Michel Bazire. His victory in the 2018 Prix Ténor de Baune
followed a very strong second place in last year's Prix d’Amérique.
The son of Orlando Vici kept on running the whole year 2019, but was not able to achieve any further success.
A third place in the Prix De Bretagne guaranteed him a place in the Prix d’Amérique,
afterwards he contested the following B-races with all irons.
Also this JBM-charge could have a saying in the big race.
Vivid Wise As
won the Prix Marcel Laurent ahead of Excellent in November.
At the rematch in the Prix Ténor de Baune he lost all chances at the start, had a bad race in
the Prix de Bourgogne too, still managed a third place and an 2020 Amérique ticket.
The six-year-old, trained by Alessandro Gocciadoro, might be underestimated in the
Like Face Time Bourbon he is owned by the Scuderia Bivans of the Italian Antonio Somma.
Enino Du Pommereux
is the younger half brother of Delia Du Pommereux.
He narrowly missed the Amérique qualification in two B-races, then almost won the Prix de Belgique,
when got caught on the line by Belina Josselyn.
Enino Du Pommereux had defeated Excellent twice last year,
but was quite well beaten by him in the Prix Ténor de Baune most recently.
Billie De Montfort
is one of the surprises in this year's winter meeting.
The nine-year-old mare is running on group level since eight years already, she took part in the Prix d'Amérique twice,
but has always been outsider in the biggest races.
She gained her 2020 Amérique ticket with a third place in the Prix du Bourbonnais
and then confirmed her 'second spring' with a victory in the Prix de Bourgogne on December 29
in a time of 1:10,6 (2,100 meters).
passed the line in the Prix de Bourgogne just behind Billie De Montfort
and gained her second Amérique participation.
Like Billie De Montfort she is a nine-year-old mare, and like her she will be
outsider on January 26. Bahia Quesnot could only win one of her 22 starts in 2019,
the Algot Scotts Minne at Åby.
will run the last race of his career in the
2020 Prix d'Amérique. The ten-year-old winner of the
should not totally be underestimated due to his extensive experience.
This summer the Italian had won the Hugo Åbergs Memorial
and the Sundsvall Open Trot in Sweden.
He had his first start since October in the Prix de Bourgogne, where he got disqualified.
Chica De Joudes
gained an Amérique ticket when came runner-up in the Prix De Bretagne.
The eight-year-old mare will only be outsider there. Her victory in the
Prix du Languedoc (Group 3) was her biggest success so far.
In the Prix du Forez (Group3) she came only seventh on January 11.
could be the only Swedish horse at the Prix d'Amérique this year.
The USA borne son of Yankee Glide won the 2018 Sundsvall Open Trot,
but already failed in the 1st heat of the
The seven-year-old proved that he is able to go longer distances when won the
Gävle Stora Pris over 3,150 meters recently.
would be Sweden's biggest hope in this year's Prix d'Amérique
but his appearance at Paris is anything else than certain.
Trainer Daniel Redén recently declared, 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.
He ended a racing break since October with a victory in Romme on December 28,
but surprisingly got defeated in his last test at Bergsåker on January 11.
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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 - Delia Du Pommereux)
Dec. 22 - Criterium Continental (2.100 m, 4j - Face Time Bourbon)
Dec. 22 - Prix Tenor de Baune (2.700 m, 5j - Excellent)
Dec. 29 - Prix de Bourgogne (2.100 m - Billie De Montfort)
Jan. 12 - Prix de Belgique (2.850 m - Belina Josselyn)
Jan. 27 - Prix d'Amérique (2.700 m)
Feb. 09 - Prix de France (2.100 m)
Feb. 23 - Prix de Paris (4.150 m)