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FRANCE NIPS ITALY FOR WORLD CUP OF NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP AT ARLINGTON; FRENCHMAN ROMAIN DUBOIS WINS WHILE ITALY NOSED OUT OF AMATEUR TITLE
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - French jockey Romain Dubois rode #8 Cash Receipt to a ½-length victory in the final leg of the Fegentri International World Cup of Nations Championship, in the third race at Arlington International Racecourse on Sunday, to secure the overall title for his native France. Dubois' Arlington victory earned 10 points to give France a total of 28 points for the series, only two more than second-place Italy's 26-point total. Germany (21 points) finished third.
In the tradition of the Olympic Games, there were medal presentations in the Arlington winner's circle following the race with a gold medal and the World of Nation's Cup presented to France, the silver medal to Italy, and the bronze to Germany. In the Olympic spirit, the National Anthem of France was played during the post-race ceremony.
Italy came into the finale with a seven-point lead (25-18) over both France and Germany, but was narrowly edged out of a tie for the overall title when jockey Frederico De Paola (aboard #2 Molly's Papa) was narrowly beaten by a head for fourth by Germany's Oliver Sauer (the rider of #9 Saint Labradro).
Switzerland added six points with a second-place finish by Christian Von Ballmoos on #6 Crossville to end up in fourth overall with 17 points. United States jockey Leigh Offutt, who led well into the stretch aboard #7 Supreme Commander, took third in the race to earn four points, leaving the U.S. team with a total of 16, good for fifth overall.
The World Cup of Nations, featuring non-professional jockeys from five finalist nations, represents amateurism at its best, showcasing athletic horsemen and horsewomen competing with total indifference to monetary compensation. Five male and five female riders - one of each represented the five finalist nations of Italy, Germany, France, the United States and Switzerland.
Under the World Cup point system, 10 points are awarded for a first-place finish, six points for second; four points for third; three points for fourth; and one point for fifth.
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