Three eliminations are set for Italy’s October 13th Gran Premio Lotteria.
Each division features horses of interest with Commander Crowe facing Probo OP in the first. The 10 year-old veteran by Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell is still competitive at upper levels of European trotting.
Mack Grace SM (by CC’s Chuckie T) heads the second group and has proven to be Italy’s top trotter this year. He will face Orsia, Marielles and Looney Tunes in this effort.
The last “battery” shapes up to be a competitive battle between Look MP, Napolean Bar (raced well yesterday in a distance handicap event in France) and Owens Club.
Total purse is 406,000 euro with each heat at 1600 meters autostart in this Gr. I International UET Masters Series race.
Linda Di Casei
Orione Degli Dei
Mack Grace Sm
Osasco Di Ruggi
Lorenz Del Ronco
Controversy continues regarding the site of the Italian Trotting Derby scheduled for late November.
With the historic site (Rome trotting track) closed the intent was to create a trotting track at the gallop track in Rome from one of its turf courses. Apparently due to site constraints the race would need to be contested in a clockwise direction (right handed), unusual in Italy albeit quite common in France and in some other countries.
Since construction has not begun there have been various alternatives proposed including moving the event to another site. ANACT has opposed the 2013 situation and some advocate a boycott of the 2013 Derby.
by Thomas H. Hicks for Harnesslink.com