Italy's top trotting campaigner, Mack Grace SM (8m CC's Chuckie T-Ambro Grace SM-), 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-Dalmazie) reined by and third place finisher No Man's Land (7f -AJ's Babydoll) with Roberto Vecchione up for trainer .
No Man's Land had won the third elimination in 1.12.18kr with Gubellini aboard. First elimination winner Monster Drive (8mApril 14, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria Final, 400,400e, 1600 meters autostart, Gr. I International, 1.11.06kr -Kewpie), for 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.
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-Dalmazie), , 7.7/1
3rd No Man's Land (7f-AJ's Babydoll), 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-Kewpie- ), up, trainer Reijo Liljendahl, 7.5/1
2nd Owen CR (6m-Boemia CR- ), up, 12.7/1
3rd Nonant Le Pin (7f-Blazing Janice- ), 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-), Roberto Andreghetti up for trainer Antonino Porzi, 1/10 favorite
2nd Mineiro As (8m-Bandeira As- ), Andrea Guzzinati driving, 21.4/1
3rd Oneghin del Ronco (6m-Talia del Ronco-Park Avenue Joe), 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-AJ's Babydoll- ), aboard, 9.3/1
2nd Probo OP (5m-Elimara- ), Eddy Moni up, 18.7/1
3rd Napoleon Bar (7m-Dalmazia- ), up, 0.5/1 favorite
TheMay 4, 2014, Naples, Gran Premio Lotteria Consolation, 42,900e, 1600 meters autostart, 1.12.1kr mare Orsia took the consolation for and trainer Holger Ehlert. She scored in 1.12.1kr. Pascia'Lest was scratched after a disappointing first elimination loss.
1st Orsia (6f-Tigre OM-Zebu), up for trainer Holger Ehlert, her 14th career win for 406,314e in lifetime earnings
2nd Papandreu (5m-Capucine- ), driving for trainer Ehlert
3rd Newyork Newyork (7m-Viola d'Amore- ), Lorenzo Baldi trainer/driver
A good crowd was on hand for the day's festivities including an appearance by legendary.
by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslin.com