Grandpre, driven by Pierrs Desire Allaire, broke the Vincennes track record in winning the Prix d'Amerique trotting (harness racing) classic in Paris on Sunday (29 January).
Grandpre, driven by Pierrs Desire Allaire, broke the Vincennes track record in winning the Prix d'Amerique trotting (harness racing) classic in Paris on Sunday (29 January). Scoring by seven lengths, Grandpre, clocked 3 minutes 19.9 seconds over the distance of 2,600 metres (a mile and five furlongs).
SYNOPSIS: The Prix d'Amerique is acclaimed as one of the trotting world's great races. It is worth a cool one million france ($210,000).
The classy field of 18 runners contained five from abroad -- but all foreigners were to fare poorly. The favourite at five-to-two- on was French horse Hadol du Vivier, which had won its previous 20 races and had been beaten only once in a career of 25 starts. The champion horses half brother, Fakir du Vivier, was also highly fancied. Fakir is owned and trained by Pierre Desire Allaire, who drove Grandpre to victory.
Hadol du Vivier had made the early running, but lost the lead to Grandpre after 600 metres. Allaire said later he had taken Grandpre to the front to soften up the leaders for Fakir, his other entry.
Into the final straight ... with Grandpre still ahead, having burnt out Hadol du Vivier during the uphill running on the backstretch.
Across the finishing line....with Grandpre pulling off a brilliant coup for his owner-driver. His run clipped six tenths of a second from the record that Tidalium P???lo had set in the Prix d'Amerique in 1972. The first prize of 540,000 francs (about 115,000 dollars) boosted Grandpre's lifetime winnings to well over one and a half million francs. (about 369,000 dollars). Allaire bought him for 6,000 dollars.