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Noras Bean wins Prix de France; Ready Cash retires
Monday, February 10, 2014 - by Karsten Bonsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent

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A fortnight ago, Sweden’s Maharajah’s won the Prix d’Amerique.

On Sunday (Feb. 9), Sweden’s Noras Bean won the Prix de France.

French harness racing is in agony!

Noras Bean, a 9-year-old trotter sired by Super Arnie, came flying on the outside to win by a nose followed by Univers de Pan  and Tiego d’Etang, while Yarrah Boko was fourth. The winning time was 1:56 (mile rate) in the 1-5/16-mile event.

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Driver Bjorn Goop and trainer Ulf Stenströmer celebrate with Prix de France winner Noras Bean.

The first fraction was timed in 25.3. Timoko, driven by Jos Verbeeck, left quickly, but Norwegian-owned Yarrah Boko came and took over. But not for long, as he was passed by The Best Madrik, driven by Jean Etienne Dubois, who lead the field until the stretch.

Noras Bean was at the back of the field going around the last bend until driver Björn Goop took him to the outside. Noras Bean exploded for the win.

Noras Bean is trained by Ulf Stenströmer and the purse for the winner was $245,000.

The Prix de France was the last race for Ready Cash, the richest trotter in worldwide harness history. The darling of French harness racing made a break after 300 yards and was disqualified and placed last. However, the many fans who turned up to see him got the opportunity to greet their favorite after the race. Ready Cash retired with $5,774,624 in earnings.

Ready Cash will now go to stud, but since it is common in France he has been at stud while he raced and is the leading sire with his two first crops. The eldest are 4-year-olds.

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