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Saturday, December 13, 2014

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The world’s greatest trotting spectacle is just six weeks away, and this year’s edition of the Prix’d’Amerique may feature an actual Amerique – the trotting mare Maven.

The daughter of Glidemaster – M Stewart, now trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Yannick Gingras for owners Herb Liverman, John Fielding and Joyce McClelland is headed to France to race in the Prix de Bourgogne on Dec. 28, a preliminary event for the Prix d’Amerique. How she fares will determine if Jimmy Taker tries for a second victory in the race that attracts over 40,000 spectators on the last Sunday in January. Takter also trained the 1999 winner, the legendary Moni Maker.

If you never been to Paris, consider going to see one of the most beautiful cities in the world, in the best possible setting: framed by the world’s best trotters, with a group of like-minded harness racing enthusiasts.

International travel company Equitours offers a guided tour that features some of the best attractions Paris has to offer, in value-priced package that offers plenty of time to explore the City of Lights on your own, or simply immerse yourself in the French trotting culture.

You can try to win the trip through the Standardbred Retirement Foundation raffle ( or leave nothing to chance and book this fantastic experience today.  

The tour begins on Thursday, Jan. 22 and ends on Monday, Jan. 26. Options includes a visit to Grosbois training center and the stable of Pierre Vercruysse, who raced several years at The Meadowlands and will be hosting Maven, an auction of trotting horses and an extraordinary equine trade fair where the champagne flows freely, a visit to the Moulin Rouge, a personalized bus tour of Paris, extraordinary meals and international company, and culminates with VIP seat for the Prix d’Amerique at famed Vincennes Racetrack.  

For complete information, go to and click on the American flag to take you to a full description of the Paris and Prix d’Amerique tour. Or contact American representatives Dean Hoffman at
or (614) 457-8750 and Moira Fanning at or (732-306-6713) 

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