Great weekend coming up at Vincennes

The second qualification race for the Prix d’Amerique and some big stake races for 3-and 4-year-old trotters is on the agenda this weekend at Vincennes.

No less than 22 trotters were entered in Prix du Bourbonnais, which is the second qualification race for the Prix d’Amerique.
Only 18 trotters can race so four horses with the least purses earned were eliminated.

The last two winners are in, notably Etonnant [2021], and Hooker Berry [2022] – the latter went on to land the big prize, the Prix d’Amerique in 2023.

Elitlopp winner, Hohneck, makes his first French appearance since winning the Group 1 UET Elite Circuit Finale at Solvalla in mid-October and Sweden’s San Moteur will once again try his luck at Vincennes.

Prix du Bourbonnais with a total purse of 120.000 Euro and raced over 1-3/4 mile is race four Sunday afternoon (Dec. 10) with a scheduled post time of 9:15 a.m. (eastern time).

The first three finishers qualify for the Prix d’Amerique.

On the same card, the Prix d ’Etoile, which is a Group 1 race with a total purse of 200.000 Euro for 3-year-old trotters, with 16 trotters entered – the distance is 1-5/16 mile.

One of Sweden’s best 3-year-old trotters, Fiftyfour with Björn Goop, takes on the best French 3-year-olds led by Koctel du Dain with David Thomain.

On Saturday afternoon (Dec. 9), the main events at Vincennes are two races for 4-year-olds.

In the Prix Octave Douesnel over 1-11/16 of a mile is the Italian Derby winner Dimitri Ferm with Alexandre Abrivard among the 18 trotters, who are entered. The total purse is 120.000 Euro.

The mare’s division, Prix Ariste Hemard, has just 11 horses entered.  Among these are the Swedish mare Global Dancer with David Thomain, who has a win in the Derbystoet, the biggest race for 4-year-old mares in Sweden under her belt. Total purse money is 120.000 Euro.

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