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He won the "Prix d'Amérique" four times and $2,913,314 during his career. His harness racing victories included three consecutive Prix d'Amérique at Vincennes, the second by approximately 18 lengths. Ourasi is considered by many to be the Horse of the Century. He won more than 50 consecutive races. Jean-René Gougeon (who died in July 2008), his trainer and driver, won the "Prix d'Amérique" with Ourasi 3 times. Ourasi won the "Prix d'Amérique" a fourth time with Minou Gougeon, the brother of Jean René Gougeon, who had had a stroke.
Ourasi was born in Normandy in a small stud belonging to Raoul Ostheimer and Rachel Tessier.
When Ourasi was 2 years old, he made his racing debut. He was trained by Rachel Ostheimer and driven by Raoul Ostheimer, who was deaf.
Ourasi won the "Prix d'Amerique" four times, the only horse to date to accomplish this feat.
End of career
At the beginning of 1989, Ourasi was 9 years old. With Ourasi trying to win his fourth Prix d'Amérique, the French president, François Mitterrand, came to see the race. Few expected Ourasi to lose. However, he finished third behind "Queila Gédé" and "Potin d'Amour.
On 28 January 1990, Ourasi entered history as he broke the Prix d'Amérique's record.
After mating with 130 mares from France, Scandinavia and United States, Ourasi produced only 8 foals from his first year at stud. Specialists were called form the whole world, but nothing could be done, and within 10 years Ourasi produced just 38 foals. None of these foals became a champion such as Ourasi.
Ourasi was put down on 12 January 2013 after a brief spell of sickness, which had prevented him from eating for several days.
- Elite-Rennen: 1986
- Prix d'Amérique: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990
- Prix de France: 1986, 1987, 1988
- Grand Critérium de Vitesse de la Côte d'Azur: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
- Prix de Paris: 1989
- Prix de l'Étoile: 1985
- Prix René Ballière: 1986, 1988
- Critérium des 5 ans: 1985
- Critérium des Jeunes: 1983
- Prix de Bretagne: 1986
- Prix du Bourbonnais: 1985, 1986, 1988
- Prix de Bourgogne: 1987, 1988, 1989
- Prix de Belgique: 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
- Prix de Washington: 1988
- Prix de Croix: 1985
- Prix d'Europe: 1985, 1986, 1988
- Prix Roederer: 1985
- Prix Kalmia: 1983
- Prix Robert Auvray: 1985
- Grand Prix du Sud-Ouest: 1987
- Oslo Grand Prix: 1989
Main honourable mentions
- March of Dimes Trot at Garden State Park : 2nd in 1988
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