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
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.
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?
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.
, winner of the Prix d'Amérique
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.
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.
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.
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.
will run the last race of his career in the
2020 Prix d'Amérique. The ten-year-old winner of the
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)