01/28/2016 12:12PM

Harness: Field set for the 95th Prix d’Amerique

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Up And Quick will try to win the Prix d'Amerique in back-to-back years.

A total of 18 trotters will do battle on Sunday afternoon (Jan. 31) in the 1,000,000 Euro Prix d’Amerique at Vincennes in France. The field is led in earnings by Timoko at 3,523,993 Euros and 2015 winner Up And Quick checks in a distant second at 1,930,660.

A 27-time winner, Timoko had his career best finish with a third in last year’s Prix d’Amerique behind Up And Quick. He comes into Sunday’s race off an impressive first-over romp on January 3 in the Prix De Burgundy. Regular Bjorn Goop is expected to be in the bike when they are sent away at 4:20 p.m. local time (10:20 a.m. E.S.T.).

Up And Quick hasn’t won a race in nearly a year and finished fourth behind Timoko at the start of January. He followed that up by finishing 12th in the Prix De Belgium after sitting in last the entire race. That event was won by perhaps the most talked about horse leading up to Sunday’s race, Bold Eagle.

The co-youngest horse in the field at 5 years old, Bold Eagle has a practically flawless record with 20 wins in 23 career races. The son of two-time Prix d’Amerique winner Ready Cash will make his debut in the racing classic on Sunday with Franck Nivard driving for trainer Sebastien Guarato.

Contested at the distance of 2700 meters (1.67 miles), the 95th edition of the Prix d’Amerique contains nine horses which have earned north of 1,000,000 Euros and 42 that have won Group I races.

PN HORSE DRIVER TRAINER
1 ATHOS DES ELFES J. VAN EECKHAUTE J. VAN EECKHAUTE
2 NEPHENTA LUX A. GOCCIADORO A. GOCCIADORO
3 LIONEL (NOR) O. KIHLSTROM F. SOULOY
4 VIKING DE VAL E. LAMBERTZ E. LAMBERTZ
5 MOSES ROB P. LEVESQUE S. CARRO
6 SOLEA RIVELLIERE S. OLIVIER P. DAUGEARD
7 BIRD PARKER Y. LEBOURGEOIS P. ALLAIRE
8 SUPPORT JUSTICE E. RAFFIN G.V. GUNDERSEN
9 OASIS BI P. VERCRUYSSE S. PETTERSSON
10 BOLD EAGLE F. NIVARD S. GUARATO
11 UN MEC D'HERIPRE R. ANDREGHETTI F. SOULOY
12 VOLTIGEUR DE MYRT G. GELORMINI R. DONATI
13 AKIM DU CAP VERT F. ANNE F. ANNE
14 MOSAIQUE FACE L. KOLGJINI L. KOLGJINI
15 UNIVERS DE PAN P. DAUGEARD P. DAUGEARD
16 TIEGO D'ETANG C. BIGEON C. BIGEON
17 UP AND QUICK J.M. BAZIRE F. LEBLANC
18 TIMOKO B. GOOP R. WESTERINK