Italy’s leading trotter, the 7-year-old Mack Grace SM with Roberto Andreghetti in the bike, won the prestigious Gran Premio Lotteria at the Agnano track in Naples for the second consecutive year.
|Gerard Forni photo|
|Mack Grace SM was an easy winner in 1:54.4f.|
From the start Mack Grace SM, from post position two, was able to hold off Commander Crowe, with Franck Nivard from post position three, to take the lead.
In the stretch Commander Crown found racing room very late, but Mack Grace SM was an easy winner in 1:54.4f, followed by Commander Crowe and Oibabam Effe; these three trotters each won their elimination.
Mack Grace SM is a grandson to Hambletonian winner Malabar Man, as he is sired by CC’s Chuckie T. His dam is an Armbro Goal mare. So far Mack Grace SM has earnings of $1.5 million and has a mark of 1:54f.
Mack Grace SM has dominated the Italian trotting scene in the last three or four years and besides winning the Lotteria twice, he has won Gran Premio races like the Palio di Montegiorgio, Citta di Montecatini and Campionato Europeo.
The Lotteria consolation saw a very impressive winner in Owen’s Club (sired by Duke Of York), who won by open lengths in 1:53.1f, driven by Pietro Gubellini. Owen’s Club made a break from the start in the elimination and did not qualify for the final.
Gubellini was behind another impressive winner, the 4-year-old mare Prussia (sired by Ken Warkentin), who won a 1-5/16th mile event by open lengths in 1:54.4f (mile rate).
In Germany, the Grosser Preis von Deutschland, raced at Bahrenfeld in Hamburg, was won by Dreams Take Time, driven by Johnny Takter, followed by long leading Indigious with Erik Adielsson.
The first five finishers came from Sweden.
Dreams Take Time is sired by Andover Andover, a son to Andover Hall.