Tony Parker beats Griezmann … in horse racing

Clément Troprès, CEO of Infinity Nine Horses, calls the stable of racehorses owned by Tony Parker “like a dream.” The stable that the French basketball player, winner of four NBA rings, started on December 9, 2020 has been a year of success and the black and white jacket (in clear allusion to the San Antonio Spurs) that the jockeys wear shines in racetracks with eleven victories in 22 races. The last one, yesterday in Chantilly. Mangoustine, ridden by Maxime Guyon, took the relevant Prix Miesque (Group III) just ahead of Txope, a horse owned by … Antoine Griezmann and six other steeds.

“We do not buy horses to have more horses. It is the result of a long reflection. We look for horses that can run in great races,” says Tropès. Parker and Griezmann are two of the athletes who have fully entered the turf business alongside footballers such as Michael Owen, Arturo Vidal, Javier Pastore, Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti, basketball player Nicolas Batum, F1 driver Charles Leclerc , the peer Renaud Lavillenie or the swimming legend Michael Phelps.

Parker discovered racing thanks to Valéry Demory, a former player and current coach of the Lyon Villeurbanne women’s team, and the successful caretaker Ludovic Gadbin, based in Nort-Sur-Erdre and whose wife Victoria is a former base partner. For its part, Griezmann, acquired his first competition horse, Tornibush, for 220,000 euros. The colt achieved the first of his six wins in his fourth race, the first in which the jockey riding him wore GriziGalop’s black outfit with pink stars. the first name adopted by the stable, now called Écurie Griezmann, which has eight horses (including Princesa or Bombilla) and twelve jockeys.

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