by Thomas Hedlund
The first out of four “B-races” ahead of the Prix d’Amérique in Paris in January next year is scheduled at Vincennes racetrack today and three tickets to one of the toughest races in the world is at stake.
Eighteen trotters will chase a slot in the Prix d’Amérique and the racing fans will likely experience a spectacular race in today’s $121,000 Prix de Bretagne over 1.6 miles.
Title defender Belina Josselyn chases the right condition and will be driven by Nicolas Bazire, while trainer Jean-Michel Bazire has to watch his contenders from beside the track since he’s suspended.
Horse – Trainer
Epic Julry – Jean Paul Gavin
Eugenito du Noyer – Jean Michel Baudouin
Feliciano – Philippe Allaire
Detroit Castelets – Jean Luc Dersoir
Tessy d’Ete – Philippe Billard
Chica des Joudes – Alain Laurent
Looking Superb – Jean-Michel Bazire
Enino du Pommererux – Sylvain Roger
Who’s Who – Pasi Aikio
Delia du Pommereux – Sylvain Roger
Davidson du Pont – Jean-Michel Bazire
Tony Gio – Sébastien Guarato
Bahia Quesnot – Junior Guelpa
Draft Life – Louis Baudron
Django Riff – Philippe Allaire
Traders – Philippe Allaire
Bilibili – Laurent Claude Abrivard
Belina Josselyn – Jean-Michel Bazire
Riordan aims for France
Jerry Riordan’s 4-year-old Italian-bred Zarenne Fas (Varenne) won the Groser Preis von Deutchland in Germany recently and was first in the $67,000 Axel Jensens Minneslopp at Bjerke racetrack in Oslo, Norway on Saturday afternoon.
Zarenne Fas was given anything but a perfect trip in the race, but there was no doubt that Riordan’s trotter was the best horse in the race. Coming four wide in the final turn didn’t stop Zarenne Fas from sprinting to a comfortable win in 1:56.2. Riordan now aims for a start in Paris in December.
“This was an impressive performance. We won in Germany, but that day everything just worked perfectly and to win a race with a last turn like today is never easy and this was a confirmation that Zarenne Fas really is a great horse. We will aim for Criterium Continental in Paris on December 22 and there he will face some of the best horses in the crop; Face Time Bourbon among others,” said Riordan.