2022 Prix d'Amérique
January 30, 2021 - Trotting, 2,700 meters, Paris-Vincennes
Preview: January 19, 2022
Also this year it is all about Face Time Bourbon in the world's most important trotting race.
For a long time his third triumph seemed a sure bet.
But since he got defeated in the Prix du Bourbonnais,
this is not guaranteed any more.
Face Time Bourbon
won the Prix d'Amérique the last two times and will obviously be the horse to beat this year again.
He was successful in 13 of his last 15 races, never finished worse than runner-up,
and is without doubt the best trotter in the world at present.
However, he has shown a sign of weakness recently, when surprisingly got beaten in the Prix du Bourbonnais on December 12.
Like usually, he tried to run away at the beginning of the stretch in Paris-Vincennes,
but got caught on the line by Etonnant this time.
had already qualified for the 2022 Prix d'Amérique with a second place in the Prix de Bretagne,
three weeks later turned into a serious contender by beating Face Time Bourbon in the Prix de Bourgogne.
It must be said, he had a perfect race in the bag of Face Time Bourbon and he most likely will not get it again in the Amérique,
still he has proved his high quality.
The Richard Westerink trained eight-year-old son of Timoko seems to get better with age,
last year already won the Prix de Paris (4,150 m) and the Prix des Ducs de Normandie with a new race record.
Davidson Du Pont
came runner-up in the Prix d'Amérique the last two times,
on that score must obviously be on the shortlist again.
Meanwhile, he is not trained and driven by Jean-Michel Bazire any more but by his son Nicolas Bazire,
who could win only two of his sixteen runs.
Still, the nine-year-old colt seems to have found back to form right in time,
at least left this impression in the Prix de Belgique on January 16.
He would have easily won that last 'B-race', if his driver would not have urged him so heavily, that he broke into gallop.
Will he act more reserved in the Amérique, Davidson Du Pont should be in the mix again.
won the 2020 Critérium Continental, the most important race for four-year-olds, and
then finished third in the 2021 Prix d'Amérique, which will obviously make him a hot candidate this year again.
Unfortunately, he got injured with a fetlock fracture in April and could not run the rest of the year.
On his comeback, he finished fifth in the Prix de Bourgogne and
looked well two weeks later in the Prix de Belgique too, before he made a mistake.
With these two races in his legs, there should be more to come in the Amérique.
, also trained by Jean-Michel Bazire,
has not really been a part of the trotting Champions League the recent years,
but indicated his rising form by winning the Prix de Lille in early January.
Outstanding then his triumph in the Prix de Belgique.
Indeed, the seven-year-old benefited from the mistake of his stablemate Davidson Du Pont,
still his victory was so clear, that he might be able to make some impact in the Prix d'Amérique.
is the youngest starter in the 2022 Prix d'Amérique.
The five-year-old gained his ticket by winning the Critérium Continental on the day after Christmas,
beat the best horses of his age class from France and Italy there.
The Philippe Allaire trained son of Royal Dream, who won half of his 28 runs,
confirmed his strong form by winning the Prix de Croix on January 15.
He will now compete against the best older horses for the first time,
still his driver François Lagadeuc believes he can make it under the top five.
Delia Du Pommereux
finished seven length behind Face Time Bourbon in last year's Prix d'Amérique,
but beat him two weeks later in the Prix de France (2,100 m).
Afterwards the nine-year-old mare, who is trained by Sylvain Roger, won the Paralympiatravet at Åby,
and then said goodbye to a five-month break.
Since she returned in October, she managed only disappointing results at the Paris Winter Meeting,
had never really been encouraged by driver David Thomain though,
why we might see the best of her not until the Amérique.
beat Face Time Bourbon already twice.
The first time he defeated him at the age of four at the Premio Unione Europea in Modena (2,050 m),
then one year later in the Gran Premio de Lotteria at Naples (1,600 m).
Despite this glory, the Italian did not travel to Paris for a long time,
probably because he cannot enjoy the tight turns there.
However, his owner Giuseppe Franco decided to run him in France,
therefore moved the quick starting colt to the stable of Jean-Michel Bazire.
This winter he took part in all four 'B-races' at Paris-Vincennes but never convinced.
surprised by winning the Prix de Bourgogne (2,100 m) as 27 to 1 outsider,
benefited from the disqualification of several favourites though.
The former Norskt Travderby winner, who is meanwhile in Italian ownership, had actually won the
and obviously loves the shorter distances, but might get problems with the 2,700 meters in the Amérique.
Vivid Wise As
, just been beaten by Cokestile in the Prix de Bourgogne,
is another very strong sprinter.
Like Face Time Bourbon he is owned by the Italian Antonio Somma,
was runner-up in the
and won the Premio Delle Nazioni at Milan.
He is not the very best over the longer distances too,
had no say in the Prix d'Amérique the last two years.
qualified in the Prix du Bourbonnais,
where she was faster on the last 500 meters than Face Time Bourbon.
The seven-year-old Norwegian repeated this place in the Prix de Belgique
and underlined, she will not be easy prey on her first Prix d'Amérique attendance.
Diable De Vauvert
demonstrated impressive finishing speed in the Prix de Belgique
and gained his Amérique ticket as runner-up.
There he will be amongst the outsiders again, although he finished sixth in the big race last year.
According to trainer Bertrand le Beller his first aim is the Prix de Paris.
made the most of Ampia Mede SM's mistake in the Prix Ténor de Baune
and ensured an Amérique card with a clear victory.
He had won the first twelve races of his career, but got beaten twice by Ampia Mede SM most recently.
According to trainer Sévérine Raymond the chances are fifty fifty, that he will run in the Amérique.
Billie De Montfort
is something like an inventory of the Prix d'Amérique,
she will take part for the fifth time, even though she was never better than eighth.
As she is eleven years of age, it will be her last participation.
Despite her great age, she surprised as 100 to 1 outsider on the third place in the Prix de Bourgogne,
would have been qualified due to her massive earnings of far more than two million Euro anyway.
for the 2022 Prix d'Amérique can be found at
Fixtures - 2021/22 Paris Winter Meeting:
Prix de Bretagne
Face Time Bourbon
Prix du Bourbonnais
Prix Ténor de Baune
Prix de Bourgogne
Prix de Belgique