The 6-year-old French trotter Texas Charm, driven by Julien Dubois, was a very impressive winner in the Prix de Bourgogne at Vincennes on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 29).
|Gerard Forni photo|
|Texas Charm was a winner in the Prix de Bourgogne.|
The Prix de Bourgogne, raced over the 1-5/16th mile distance, is the third test race leading up to the Grand Prix d’Amerique, to be raced in late January.
Ready Cash -- the richest trotter ever in France -- had won this race the last three years and was favored to win again. Though he got a nice trip behind the leader Timoko and found racing room going into the stretch, Ready Cash had to settle for third place.
Julien Dubois behind Texas Charm was fourth over and made his move with a half-mile to go. Triode de Felliere, driven by Anthony Barrier, followed him and they were forced to go three wide around the last corner.
Going into the stretch rank outsider Triode de Felliere seemed to have the better of Texas Charm, but this grandson to Workaholic fought back and went on to win by a length in a new race record of 1:52.3. Triode de Felliere finished second and Ready Cash was third, four lengths behind.
Jean Phillippe Dubois, the father of young Julien Dubois, owns Texas Charm. He won the Prix d’Amerique in 2013 with Royal Dream and now his son will drive one of the favorites in the 2014 edition.
Jean Pierre Dubois, father of Jean Philippe Dubois, had earlier won the Prix d’Amerique twice, so one could say Julien Dubois has a Prix d‘Amerique pedigree!