Some of Europe’s best trotters will race Saturday afternoon (April 20), but not against each other.
In France, the prestigious Prix de l’Atlantique will be raced at Enghien, a racetrack in the outskirts of Paris, and at Aby in Gothenburg, Sweden, the Olympic Trot is on the agenda.
At Enghien, Royal Dream, the winner of the Prix d’Amerique, will return to action after more than two months rest and he will meet Timoko, who a month ago won the Gran Criterium de Vitesse at Cagnes sur Mer. Timoko is the first trotter who has received an invitation for the Elitlopp to be raced late May at Solvalla.
The Prix de l’Atlantique is raced over the 1-5/16th mile distance and has a purse for the winner of $115,000.
In Sweden, top trotters like Sebastian K and Maharajah headline the Olympic Trot, which has a purse for the winner of $230,000.
Sebastian K, who won the first edition of the UET Masters Trot last year, was an easy winner of the first of the four eliminations leading up to Saturday's final, but he has drawn number eight, far outside behind the gate.
Last year the Olympic Trot was won by Commander Crowe, who was handed a wild card to Saturday’s race, but his trainer Fabrice Souloy decided to stay home with the now 10-year-old chestnut trotter.