by Thomas Hedlund
The $397,000 Prix de Paris over 2.6 miles was held at Vincennes racetrack in Paris on Sunday afternoon and as has been the case this winter, Jean-Michel Bazire dominated the show.
Belina Josselyn (Love You) won Prix de France 2018 and Prix d’Amérique earlier this year, so to
It is proving to be both her year and Bazire’s.
The top French driver found a perfect spot in second over with Belina Josselyn and when stable mate Looking Superb put hard pressure on leader Bahia Quesnot with a lap to go (approximately 5/8ths of a mile) everything worked out perfectly for Belina Josselyn.
Looking Superb reached the front position with 1,800 meters to go, which forced Belina Josselyn to race without cover for the rest of the show. But that didn’t stop the chestnut 8-year-old mare. When Bazire pulled the plugs with a half-mile to go, Belina Josselyn seemed more courageous than her opponents and Bazire steered the race however he wanted.
Tony Gio finished strongly from third over to
The mile rate was 1:59 for the winner.
Bazire made a trip to the French Riviera on Thursday night and he had his aim on the $90,500 Prix de Joinville le Pont with his Prix du Luxembourg winner
Bazire’s domination is total wherever he shows up in his home country for the moment and it will be very interesting to see if he sends some of his best horses (Aubrion du Gers,