Updated on 09/15/2011 12:29PM

Prix de Paris run in isolation

Email

Chichicastenango ran down Mizzen Mast to win the rescheduled Grand Prix de Paris before a virtually empty grandstand at Longchamp on Tuesday.

One of the premier events on the French racing calendar, the 1 1/4-mile Group 1 Grand Prix had been postponed from Sunday when parimutuel clerks called a wildcat strike. When bettors occupied the course to prevent the card from being run without wagering, the entire program was rescheduled for Tuesday, in competition with a jump race meeting at nearby Auteuil, and without betting either on- or offtrack.

Mizzen Mast, who had used the same front-running tactics to win the Group 3 Prix de Guiche, opened up a six-length lead after a half-mile with French Derby runner-up Chichicastenango his closest pursuer in a field of five.

A French-bred son of Smadoun trained by Philippe Demercastel, Chichicastenango, ridden by Alain Junk, lowered Mizzen Mast's sail at the sixteenth pole to record a 1 1/2-length victory, He covered the distance in 2:01.00 on good to firm ground.

A pair of Aidan O'Brien-trained colts, Bonnard and Hans Anderson, finished third and fourth without ever having threatened.

Chichicastenango, who had won the Group 1 Prix Lupin in May, will now be rested until his Arc prep, the Prix Niel on Sept. 16.