Prix d'Amerique 2023

2023 Prix d'Amérique

January 29, 2023 - Trotting, 2,700 meters, Paris-Vincennes

Preview: November 23, 2022

The Paris Winter Meeting has started and with it the preparation to the 2023 Prix d'Amérique. Maybe the winner of the world's most important trotting race will not come from France this time, as several promising horses from Scandinavia are expected.

Calgary Games is not only Sweden's biggest trotting hope, he is also the bookmakers' favourite to win the 2023 Prix d'Amérique, though he did not run for more than a year. He is unbeaten in nine starts, won last year's Svenskt Travderby and the UET Grand Prix easily. This year the son of Readly-Express has been used for breeding so far, will now get prepared for the Amérique by his Finnish trainer Timo Nurmos, and will probably take part in at least one of the qualifying races in Paris.

Etonnant entered the last Prix d'Amérique as favourite, disappointed on the nineth place. The eight-year-old son of Timoko-Sohn proved his top class and that he is able to run on all distances in the 2022 Elitloppet in Sweden four months later. Though he had a weak start and even fall into gallop, the French colt won the final in impressive style. Different to many other contenders, he had no time off ahead of the Paris Winter Meeting. Most recently, he ran in the USA in the Yonkers International Trot, where he had again problems at the start and ended only eighth.

San Moteur is another Swedish hope. Like Calgary Games he is five-years-old and his record is not bad either. From his twenty starts, he won fifteen, most recently the Jubileumspokalen in August. Since then, he is off the track, but according to his trainer and driver Björn Goop, he will head for the Winter-Meeting next, where he will run outside Sweden for the first time.

Hohneck was the youngest participant in the last Prix d'Amérique, gained a strong fifth place there. The five-year-old, who triumphed in last year's Critérium Continental, won five group two races this year and recently came runner-up in the Critérium des 5 ans and Championnat Européen des 5 ans.

Idao de Tillard is estimated the most talented French four-year-old. When he did not get disqualified, he usually could not get beaten by his age-mates. He also prevailed against older opponents, in the Prix De Selection against Hohneck or in the Grand Prix Du Sud-Ouest on October 16. The decision, if Idao de Tillard will run in the 2023 Prix d'Amérique, will be done by trainer Thierry Duvaldestin during the Winter-Meeting.

Francesco Zet is the Swedish effigy to Idao de Tillard. He is four-years-old too and cannot find proper rivals amongst his age-mates. He won his last twelve races, including the Svenskt Trav-Kriterium, the final of the Sprintermästaren and the Svenskt Travderby and most recently the Breeders‘ Crown. Obviously it is not sure, if he will make it to the Paris Winter-Meeting already, probably rather not.

Moni Viking could represent Norway in the 2023 Prix d'Amérique. He took part in the Amérique two years ago already, but got disqualified then. Despite interim health problems, the nine-year-old displayed strong form this season, so maybe will return to Paris this winter. The stayer won the Åby Stora Pris and the Sundsvall Open Trot this summer.

Hip Hop Haufor gained his Amérique ticket by winning the first qualifying race, the Prix de Bretagne, on November 20, though the opposition was not the toughest there. The colt with the strong turn of foot, already displayed rising form a month before, when came third in the Championnat Européen des 5 ans, only beaten in a fotofinish by Hohneck.

Italiano Vero is also qualified for the Amérique, he finished runner-up in the Prix de Bretagne. Even tough he got beaten several times by Idao de Tillard, he is one of the best French four-year-olds. Still, he would be an outsider in the Amérique, if he takes part.

Ampia Mede SM had been amongst the Amérique favourites at the end of last year, after she had won eight races in a row. However, she got disqualified in the Prix Tenor De Baune and did not make it to the big race. She Italian mare never found her form then, disappointed in the Prix de Bretagne as well. She ended on the fourth place, but profited from the disqualification of Hussard du Landret. If she somehow could get back to her best, she might surprise in the Amérique.

Fixed odds for the 2023 Prix d'Amérique can be found at

Fixtures - 2022/23 Paris Winter Meeting:
Prix de Bretagne
2.700 m
Hip Hop Haufor
Prix du Bourbonnais
2.850 m
Critérium Continental
2.100 m
Prix Ténor de Baune
2.700 m
Prix de Bourgogne
2.100 m
Prix de Belgique
2.850 m
Prix d'Amérique
2.700 m

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