The most important race for French 4-year-old trotters, the Criterium with a purse for the winner of $150,000 and raced over 1-¾ mile with a standing start, was won by the chestnut trotter, Akim du Cap Vert, with trainer-driver Franck Anne in the bike.
|Gerard Forni Photo|
|Akim du Cap Vert won the Criterium, France's top race for 4-year-olds, in a 1:55.3 mile rate.|
Akim du Cap Vert was timed in 1:55.3f (mile rate) which is a new French record and even better than the record in the Prix d’Amerique.
Though Akim du Cap Vert was one of the richest trotters in his crop going into the race, he was considered as an outsider and was at 16-1 in the betting. The reason for that was that he very often goes offstride down the stretch.
However, this Saturday afternoon (May 3) at Vincennes he stayed flat and won easily followed a length behind by the favorite Aladdin d’Ecajuel with Eric Raffin.
Akim du Cap Vert is sired by First de Retz, who was a top trotter in under-saddle races. His dam is sired by Cezio de Josselyn, who is sired by Hambletonian winner Armbro Goal.
Akim du Cap Vert now has earnings of $850,000, which makes him the top winning trotter of his crop at present.