01/29/2017 10:49AM

Prix D'Amerique: Bold Eagle repeats in record fashion

JLL - Letrot
Bold Eagle, shown here winning the 2016 edition of the Prix D'Amerique, set a record in winning this year's edition

Bold Eagle joined his sire Ready Cash as a back-to-back champion of the Prix D'Amerique with an authoritative victory in this year's edition of the prestigious event at Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris.  His time of 1'11"2 (mile rate of 1:54.3) was a new world record for the distance of 2,700 meters, surpassing his own mark set last year.

Princess Grif (Roberto Andreghetti) got away best from the standing start and took the early lead, but Univers de Pan (Philippe Daugeard) and then Timoko (Björn Goop) overtook her.  Timoko was challenged by Voltigeur de Myrt (Lorenzo Donati), but that rival could not clear and had to settle for dropping into the pocket.

On the far turn Timoko was joined by Bélina Josselyn (Jean-Michel Bazire), and she would grab control of the race, with Bold Eagle (Franck Nivard) hot on her heels.  Bélina Josselyn brought the field into the stretch, but Bold Eagle moved to her outside to challenge, and after a brief battle, the defending winner surged into the front.  From there, he would pull steadily clear, going on to win by about three lengths.  Bélina Josselyn would wind up second, followed by Lionel (Matthieu Abrivard), Propulsion (Örjan Kihlström), and Briac Dark (David Thoman).

Bold Eagle is a 6-year-old stallion by Ready Cash, out of the Love You mare Reethi Rah Jet.  Bred by Jean-Étienne Dubois, he is owned by Pierre Pilarski and is trained by Sébastien Guarato.  This was his 31st victory from 36 career starts, and he has earned nearly €2.75 million.