Prix de Belgique 1-17-10 Vincennes 110,000e 2850/2875 meters
Distance advantage prevailed as favorite Paris Haufor dominated the final B defeating Oasis Gede. Orlando Sport finished 5th while 25 meter handicapped Meaulnes du Corta, Russel November, Malakite, Nouba du Saptel, Olga du Biwetz and Opal Viking could do no better than 8th. The Prix d’Amerique could be setup for Paris Haufor, Rolling d’Heripre and veterans Meaulnes du Corta and Olga du Biwetz.
1. Paris Haufor (Bigeon) 1.13.6 (bh7 Vivier de Montfort-Feline du Relais-Podosis)
2. Pasis Gede (LeBeller) 1.14.1
3. Ghiaccio Del Nord (Bellei) 1.14.1
4. Quarla (Nivard) 1.14.2
5. Orlando Sport (Baude) 1.14.3
6. Perlando (Verbeeck) 1.14.4
7. Paradis Cordiere (Labigne) 1.14.4
8. Meaulnes du Corta (Levesque) 1.13.8 + 25 meters
9. Niky (Abrivard) 1.14.5
10. Russel November (Langeweg Jr.) 1.13.8 +25 meters
11. New des Landes (Hardy)
12. Return Money (Duvaldestin)
13. Paola de Lou (L. Abrivard)
14. Malakite (Verva) +25 meters
15. Nouba du Saptel (Geslin) +25 meters
16. Olga du Biwetz (Bazire) +25 meters
17. Opal Viking (Kontio) +25 meters
Racing Rebound Requires Resolve
The horse industry, broadly defined, faces incredible current and future challenges as non-pari mutuel gaming expands to satisfy government budget woes and relentless spending, legislators increasingly oppose supporting the horse industry, North American horse racing popularity and handle decline and the industry’s behavior signals that it is its’ own worst enemy. Yet, in some countries throughout the world horse racing has retained its glamour and popularity and “punters” continue to play at an increasing pace. In some countries horse racing is a major league sport worthy of respect, investment and patrons’ entertainment expenditures.
North American horse industry participants and investors must conduct objective and thorough assessment of their business, consumer behavior and financial models. The industry must examine itself without bias and demonstrate willingness to learn from others and embrace change. The industry must mobilize its resources and cease endless infighting and special interest positions that oppose change and send a negative message to customers and governmental entities.
Some of the elements of the assessment process are listed below”
1. Administrative authority and control (what can work, what does not)
2. Scope of product/service offering
· Wagering options that attract legacy pari-mutuel patrons as well as new patrons attracted to lottery type structure with high potential payouts and which require no or limited handicapping effort and skill and which provide a level competitive playing field
· Live race dates and tracks needed to showcase the product (extended race meets or not)
· Domestic simulcasting (inbound, outbound)
· Foreign simulcasting (inbound, outbound)
· Account wagering
· Non pari-mutuel gaming (complementary or not)
· Technology – kiosk wagering, hand-held devices and other advancements on track
· Non-wagering services and entertainment
· Required level of customer service on and off track
· Utilization of media technology to create awareness, educate, communicate and deliver services
3. Competition from racing, gaming and other alternatives on-premises and on-line
4. Customer education (definition, scope, delivery mechanisms)
5. Patron services, promotion and media coverage to generate positive response and glamour
6. Race classification and entry systems (conditioned, claiming, age and earnings graded, state owned and bred limitations, race secretary performance standards, measurements and authority)
7. Race conduct (performance enhancement medications, equipment enhancements such as trotting hopples, whipping, geldings, catch drivers, competition)
8. Product variations (distance, starting methods, direction, handicapping, post positions, turf vs. dirt, monte)
Industry leaders must emerge with realization that they are operating in a new, more competitive landscape with real changes in marketplace, technological and governmental dynamics. The pace of those changes is accelerating. While each organization may ultimately select its own path there are business imperatives that every entity must agree upon and embrace fully with their actions and financial resources. To do otherwise says “leave the keys on the table, turn out the lights on the way out and join the unemployment line.”
Today’s win – worth 100.000 Euros – turned out to be decided already in the start where driver Peter Ingves went flat out and was able to squeeze by Adrian Chip to get to the lead. Behind them a breaking Colombian Necktie created bother for drivers looking for position, but in the end it turned out really good for Åke Svanstedt behind Torvald Palema, who found second on the outside, behind Glen Kronos. 600meters from home Åke had to start his attack so that Torvald should not get locked in by those coming from behind. At that moment a battle began that lasted all the way up to the finish line. And not to give Torvald a chance to win this with his patented super-speed, Peter Ingves had already a lap from home put the pedal to the metal.
– He was absolutely great today, said Peter Ingves after the race.
– I hardly have the words for it…
– I mean, to beat Torvald Palema, who in my eyes is the best trotter in the world, in a fight mano-a-mano is really something.
It was a tough fight, two horses side by side down the home stretch, but it was evident that the race belonged to Commander Crowe from 50 meters left an in. Still Peter Ingves felt compelled to ask Åke Svanstedt after the finish line for the result of the race.
– Are you blind? Åke had to settle for 2nd-place with Adrian Chip finishing 3rd within a length of the winner.
Commander Crowe raced without his hind shoes this afternoon, and not shoeless as predicted. That means that there probably is one more gear to be found by Petri Puro when that day comes. Petri Puro, who btw was an absentee today – home, out with a bad back. But Petri, take it from the 20.000 that were there – you’re horse was great!