Saturday, October 12, 2019
FIRST POST: 1 PM INTERNATIONAL TROT TIME: 3 PM
by Kristin Odegard for SOA of NY
PARIS, France – The winner of the 2019 Elitlopp Dijon, trained by Romain Derieux in France, will miss the International Trot at Yonkers on October 12th.
The 6 year old son of Ganymede has a fragile front right leg and won’t be racing again before 2020. The trainer explains : « we’ve got to take it easy with him now, he’s got a sensitivity on a front leg and we’ve got to slow things down. It’s nothing bad but I don’t want to take any risks with a horse this good. Now we’ll calmly prepare him for next year ».
Dijon has the right profile for this kind of race. In addition to his speed, he excels on smaller tracks and behind the gate but Romain Derieux, a young trainer outside Paris, explains he was a bit worried about taking the trip this year anyway with a young and inexperienced horse but now can’t do that.
« We’re focusing on the horses health, and we’ll try to have a similar program to this year next year. We’ll start racing starting with the Prix de France in February at Vincennes, try to have him on top of his game for the Critérium de vItesse de la Cote d’Azur in March at Cagnes-sur-Mer and then defend his title in Elitlopp in May at Solvalla » says the young trainer.
« It’s nothing serious, he continues jogging, he’ll go to stud to be tapped for frozen semen now for next years breeding season. We’s had such an amazing year so he can have some rest now, we’ll be back » he reassures.