Chantilly (Paris): Holdthasigreen wins the Prix Royal Oak

Prix Royal Oak

As usual in France, every year at the end of October, an important day of racing takes place near Paris, which has taken place in a festive atmosphere and where, despite the gray and overcast sky, sport and spectacle have marinated The perfection.

Of the eight races held today, the highlight has undoubtedly been the Prix Royal Oak; It is a test that always arouses much expectation as it is the French equivalent of the famous St. Leger Stakes, which takes place in the United Kingdom. The French race has been won by Holdthasigreen (with Tony Piccone), a six-year-old specimen owned by Jean Gilbert. The second place went to Called to the Bar (with Maxime Guyon) and the third to Morgan Le Faye (with Mickael Barzalona).

The Prix Royal Oak is classified in Group 1 and has a distance of 3,100 meters. It was disputed for the first time in the year 1861 and throughout its trajectory it has suffered some modifications, as much in the name as in the conditions to participate. Currently it is reserved for horses of three or more years of age and the award was € 350,000, of which € 199,000 went to the winner.

Another test that deserves to be highlighted from this day of turf parisina is the Criterium International (G1), a race of 1,400 meters where the victory has gone to the Royal Meeting, led by the jockey Christophe Soumillon. The second to reach the finish line was Hermosa, with Ryan Lee Moore riding and in third position Graignes was classified with Cristian Demuro.

Parx Racing Racetrack: Mc Kinzie is crowned in the Pennsilvania Derby

The American copy adds to his record of victory, Saturday, in one of the most popular races in the United States.
The three-year-old Mc Kinzie turned yesterday Saturday 22 into the winner of the Pennsilvania race Derby, celebrated in the race course of Parx Racing (Philadelphia, the United States). Trained by Bob Baffert and riding the American jockey Mike Smith, he managed to cross the finish line in a time of 1.52.05.

The second position corresponded to Axelrod, ridden by Joe Bravo, while the third classified was Trigger Warning with the riding of Irwin J. Rosendo. Hofburg (Irad Ortiz Jr.) and Core Beliefs (Joseph Talamo) finished fourth and fifth. The Pennsilvania Derby is an important race recently classified in Group 1 (only 3 years ago that it rose in the classification), and that has a route of 1,800 meters. The test, highly anticipated every year in Philadelphia, has an important economic endowment that reaches one million dollars.

The afternoon seemed to smile to Mike Smith who had already triumphed in the previous race, the Cotillion Stakes, also classified in Group 1. This time the jockey rode Midnight Bisou who crossed the finish line in first place in just 1.45. 95 Monomoy Girl (with Florent Geroux) and Wonder Garot (with John R. Velázquez) qualified in second and third position.

In total there were thirteen races that took place yesterday within what is known as Pennsylvania Derby & Cotillion Day, an intense day of turf where the sport mixes with shows and activities, and that has become over the years in one of the most important turf events in the end of summer.