Mack Grace SM wins Lotteria for third time

12:48 PM 05 May 2014 NZST
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Mack Grace SM and driver Roberto Angreghetti win the Gran Premio Lotteria Final with easei
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Monster Driver and Jorma Kontio win an elimination heat
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World champion Varenne made a special appearence at the Lotteria
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Italy's top trotting campaigner, Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal), won the prestigious 65th edition of the Gran Premio Lotteria at Naples Italy. It was the third straight year that Mack Grace has won the premier harness race as he becomes only the fourth horse ever to have won the race three times since it started in 1951.

Handled by Roberto Andreghetti the veteran was at his best and dominated the competition winning the final in 1.11.06kr and his elimination in 1.11.25kr.

Mack Grace SM now has 48 victories for earnings of 1,496,431 euros for owner Stall Royal Horse Srl. The eliminations (each with a purse of 20,900e), final (400,400e) and consolation (42,900e) were raced over the 1600 meter autostart distance.

Mack Grace led the final start to finish, defeating Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazie) reined by Enrico Bellei and third place finisher No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-AJ's Babydoll) with Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Pietro Gubellini.

No Man's Land had won the third elimination in 1.12.18kr with Gubellini aboard. First elimination winner Monster Drive (8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie), for Jorma Kontio and trainer Reijo Liljendahl, finished sixth in the final. His elimination win was timed in 1.11.62kr with heavily favored Pascia'Lest ending sixth.

April 14, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria Final, 400,400e, 1600 meters autostart, Gr. I International, 1.11.06kr

1st Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM), Roberto Andreghetti up, M. Di Nicola trainer, 0.5/1 favorite

2nd Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazie), Enrico Bellei, 7.7/1

3rd No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-AJ's Babydoll), Pietro Gubellini trainer/driver, 18.5/1

May 4, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria elimination 1, 20,900e, 1600 meters autostart, 1.11.62kr

1st Monster Drive (8m Thai Tanic-Kewpie-Pearsall Hanover), Jorma Kontio up, trainer Reijo Liljendahl, 7.5/1

2nd Owen CR (6m Cantab Hall-Boemia CR-Lemon Dra), Pietro Gubellini up, 12.7/1

3rd Nonant Le Pin (7f Goetmals Wood-Blazing Janice-Pine Chip), Alessando Gocciadoro trainer/driver, 56.1/1

May 4, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria elimination 2, 20,900e, 1600 meters autostart, 1.11.25kr

1st Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-Armbro Goal), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Antonino Porzi, 1/10 favorite

2nd Mineiro As (8m Lemon Dra-Bandeira As-Lindy Lane), Andrea Guzzinati driving, 21.4/1

3rd Oneghin del Ronco (6m Love You-Talia del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe), Enrico Bellei up, 16.7/1

May 4, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria elimination 3, 20,900e, 1600 meters autostart, 1.12.18kr

1st No Man's Land (7f Coktail Jet-AJ's Babydoll-Donerail), Pietro Gubellini aboard, 9.3/1

2nd Probo OP (5m From Above-Elimara-Lemon Dra), Eddy Moni up, 18.7/1

3rd Napoleon Bar (7m Varenne-Dalmazia-Coktail Jet), Enrico Bellei up, 0.5/1 favorite

The Angus Hall mare Orsia took the consolation for Roberto Vecchione and trainer Holger Ehlert. She scored in 1.12.1kr. Pascia'Lest was scratched after a disappointing first elimination loss.

May 4, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria Consolation, 42,900e, 1600 meters autostart, 1.12.1kr

1st Orsia (6f Angus Hall-Tigre OM-Zebu), Roberto Vecchione up for trainer Holger Ehlert, her 14th career win for 406,314e in lifetime earnings

2nd Papandreu (5m Abano As-Capucine-Sugarcane Hanover), Enrico Bellei driving for trainer Ehlert

3rd Newyork Newyork (7m Supergill-Viola d'Amore-Indro Park), Lorenzo Baldi trainer/driver

A good crowd was on hand for the day's festivities including an appearance by legendary Varenne.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslin.com

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