New Capannelle Racetrack in Rome opens

12:37 AM 12 Apr 2014 NZST
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Cutting the ribbon on the track before the opening race, from left Thomas Grassi, Giuseppe Castiglione , Elio Pautasso and Luca Pancalli
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Sognador Ans wins feature at opening of new track at Capannelle, Italy
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Spring sunshine brought the long awaited opening of the new harness racing track at Capannelle Rome, Italy, replacing the historic, defunct Tor di Valle. The new 1000 meter track at Capannelle opened today with a full card of trotting and inaugural festivities.

The banked track (right-handed) was well received albeit the oval is far away from the stands and the fans. Major races begin on April 26 without lights for night racing that will be operational in a few months. Today's opener went to Sognador Ans and teamster Alessandro Marucci.

The ribbon cutting (30 meters that crossed the track from side to side ) was made at the finish line before the start of the race meeting by Thomas Grassi and Elio Pautasso , President and Chief Executive Officer of Hippo Group Capannelle Rome , Luca Pancalli , Councillor quality of life , sports and wellness capital of Rome , and Mr . Giuseppe Castiglione , State Secretary with responsibility for MIPAAF horse racing .

Thomas Grassi, President of Hippogroup Roma Capannelle stated "The Capannelle racecourse will be the first and so far the only one in the world who will host the two derby's of the two disciplines , trot and gallop . So today I consider it a great day for the world of Italian horseracing and Rome in particular. Now we look to the future with the hope of being able to quickly build and test the work still to be done, particularly the lighting .

"Fundamentally, Grassi explained, "Capannelle Racecourse is synonymous for excellence with regard to gallop, and there is no doubt that the goal is to ensure a similar standard to trot. The trot in Rome must have a prestigious place that ensures one hundred and thirty years at gallop is the ideal sporting stage , in full respect of the memories and culture of turf, and is a great opportunity."

Elio Pautasso Engineer , Director Hippogroup Roma Capannelle commented on the racetrack: "From the technical point of view only the most important information is that the trotting track has the radii of curvature are similar to the Tor di Valle. The departures handicap were prepared at 1620 meters, the 1660 meters at the 2060 plus 20 and plus 40 meters.

"As far as the bottom of the track," Pautasso stated, "We are in an area of Rome where the land is of volcanic origin, we used a single material, pozzolan , which comes from a quarry just seven miles from the racecourse . A soft soil that will absorb very well, draining and maintenance work will occur over a few months.

"The days of the week that we are restricted to trot are on Wednesday and Saturday," Pautasso said, "Then we will evaluate together with the Ministry the summer calendar, without prejudice on Wednesday in which, for example, there will be no program of concerts in Rome. Finally, the lighting system will be ready for the fall, and it will be totally at our expense, as was the track that had a cost of about 1.6 million euros, while the lighting will cost about one million euros .

"In two months we will evaluate the impact of racing," Pautasso added, "In this right hand course, on the horses and drivers and we will see what to do. The first Grand Prix of the trot is scheduled for June 29 , the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, but as early as Saturday, April 26th, on the eve of the Premio Parioli gallop, there will be a day of trotting excellence."

Opening day at Capannelle also showcased wins by the fine mare Orly and Rocky Hall SM in the feature event of the day.

1

14.20 - PR. ERCOLE AC
E 5.060 mt 1600

 

5

SOGNADOR ANS

A.Marucci

19.6

         

4

SONIA JET

V.D'Alessandro Jr

19.6

         

7

SATEN LASER

L.Becchetti

19.7

         

3

SIMONT PHOTO SM

F.Pettinari

20.3

         

2

STERLYNG

Gp.Minnucci

20.6

         

1

SATURNO OM

E.Bellei

di

         

6

SIR WOOD SM

R.Gallucci

R.P.

         

8

SURRIENTO

D.Di Stefano

R.P.

14.50 - PR. GITANA D'ASOLO - gent.cat.f E 4.400 - mt 1600 -

 

 
 

2

ORLY

 

Gc.Calabresi

14.6

     
 

4

OPTION ROC

 

F.Rocca

15.4

     
 

8

MAX ROD

 

M.Rodolfo

15.6

     
 

3

ORLOF STARLIGHT

 

L.Farina Jr

15.7

     
 

6

ONE BEST THOR

 

Fab.Martinelli

15.9

     
 

7

PENELOPE ESSE

 

E.Storti

19.4

     
   

1

PERIGNON

 

A.Vitiello

R.P.

     
   

5

INVICTOST

 

G.Proia

R.P.

     

 

 

16.45 - PR. IL TROTTO A CAPANNELLE E 12.100 - mt 2100 -

 
 

2

ROCKY HALL SM

 

M.Di Nicola

17.1

     
 

4

RODIN

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Gp.Minnucci

17.3

     
 

6

RAMONA CAF

 

E.Bellei

17.4

     
 

5

RADIO WISE

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P.Gubellini

17.6

     
 

1

RIVIERI

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L.Becchetti

17.7

     
   

3

RAQUEL GAR

 

V.D'Alessandro Jr

r.a.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnessllink.com
 
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