506,000e Gran Premio Lotteria is Sunday

12:46 PM 03 May 2014 NZST
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The Gran Premio Lotteria is Italy's greatest harness race, held every year since 1951 at Agnano in Naples, and will be held this year on Sunday May 4.

The Lotteria is regarded as one of the four Grand Slam events of Europe and is a Group One Intnernational, eEligible to all horses 4YO and over, and raced in three elimination heats and a final later the same day, raced over 1,600 meters (0.99 mile) of Agnano's left handed 1000m track.

The purse this year is 506 000 euros ($702,000 US), with heats worth 20,900e and the final carrying a purse of 443,300e.

Three time winner of the race, Varenne is also the holder of the fastest winning time of 1:10.8, which he set in 2002.

Here are some other facts on Italy's Grand Slam,

Leading horses

3 - Birbone (1952, 1953, 1955)

3 - Tornese (1957, 1958, 1962)

3 - Une de Mai (1969, 1970, 1971)

3 - Varenne (2000, 2001, 2002)

2 - The Last Hurrah (1978, 1979)

2 - Mack Grace SM (2012,2013)

Leading Sires.

3 - Nevele Pride (Contingent Fee, Evita Broline, Classy Rogue)

2 - Ayres (Top Hanover, The Last Hurrah)

2 - Pharaon (Tornese, Nievo)

2 - Quick Pay (The Onion, Victory Tilly)

2 - Speedy Crown (Evann C., Embassy Lobell)

Fastest winning times.

Auto start

Varenne (2002)[3] 1.10.8 (km rate)

Volt start (1951, 1952, 1956

Gelinotte (1956)[3] 1.17.8 (km rate)

Leading Trainers

5 - Vivaldo Baldi (1952, 1953, 1955, 1978, 1979)

4 - Sergio Brighenti (1957, 1958, 1962, 1963)

4 - Jean-Rene Gougeon (1969, 1970, 1971, 1976)

4 - Stig H. Johansson (1984, 1991, 2003, 2005)

3 - Jori Turja (2000, 2001, 2002)

Leading Drivers

5 - Vivaldo Baldi (1952, 1953, 1955, 1978, 1979)

5 - Jean-Rene Gougeon (1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1976)

4 - Stig H. Johansson (1984, 1991, 2003, 2005)

3 - Sergio Brighenti (1958, 1962, 1963)

3 - Giampaolo Minnucci (2000, 2001, 2002)

Gran Premio Lotteria Winners

2013 Mack Grace SM Roberto Andreghetti Lucio Colletti Italy 1.11.3

2012 Mack Grace SM Roberto Andreghetti Lucio Colletti Italy 1.11.8

2011 Libeccio Grif Marco Smorgon Marco Smorgon Italy 1.12.8

2010 Italiano Gaetano Di Nardo Enrico Bellei Italy 1.11.3

2009 Island Effe Pietro Gubellini Edoardo Gubellini Italy 1.12.9

2008 Gambling Bi Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Italy 1.11.3

2007 Exploit Caf Jean-Michel Bazire Fabrice Souloy Italy 1.12.0

2006 Malabar Circle Ãs  Andrea Guzzinati Jerry Riordan Sweden 1.12.1

2005 Digger Crown Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Sweden 1.13.0

2004 Legendary Lover K. Enrico Bellei Gunnar Christiansen United States 1.12.5

2003 Victory Tilly Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Sweden 1.12.7

2002 Varenne Giampaolo Minucci Jori Turja Italy 1.10.8

2001 Varenne Giampaolo Minucci Jori Turja Italy 1.12.6

2000 Varenne Giampaolo Minucci Jori Turja Italy 1.12.4

1999 Remington Crown Joseph Verbeeck Jan Kruithof Sweden 1.11.1

1998 Kramer Boy Johnny Takter Johnny Takter Sweden 1.14.1

1997 Wesgate Crown Enrico Bellei Raz Mackenzie United States 1.12.4

1996 Crowning Classic Mauro Baroncini Mauro Baroncini United States 1.12.4

1995 Ina Scot Helen A. Johansson Kjell P. Dahlström Sweden 1.13.1

1994 Uconn Don Andrea Baveresi Andrea Baveresi United States 1.13.7

1993 Embassy Lobell Wim Paal Wim Paal United States 1.12.8

1992 Bravur Sund Mauro Baroncini Mauro Baroncini Sweden 1.12.7

1991 Peace Corps Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson United States 1.14.0

1990 Evann C. Björn Lindblom Björn Lindblom United States 1.12.9

1989 Hollyhurst Lorenzo Baldi Lorenzo Baldi United States 1.13.2

1988 Grades Singing Olle Goop Olle Goop United States 1.12.8

1987 Limbo Joe Vittorio Guzzinati Vittorio Guzzinati United States 1.13.9

1986 Classy Rogue William Casoli William Casoli United States 1.14.8

1985 Evita Broline Berndt Lindstedt Berndt Lindstedt Sweden 1.13.9

1984 The Onion Stig H. Johansson Stig H. Johansson Sweden 1.14.1

1983 Keystone Patriot Veijo Heiskanen Antti Savolainen United States 1.15.6

1982 Our Dream of Mite Eduardo Gubellini Eduardo Gubellini United States 1.14.7

1981 Contingent Fee Mario Rivara Mario Rivara United States 1.16.2

1980 Hillion Brillouard Philippe Allaire Philippe Allaire France 1.13.8

1979 The Last Hurrah Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi United States 1.14.9

1978 The Last Hurrah Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi United States 1.14.5

1977 Wayne Eden Anselmo Fontanesi Anselmo Fontanesi United States 1.14.7

1976 Bellino II Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.15.2

1975 Dimitria Leopold Verroken Leopold Verroken France 1.16.1

1974 Top Hanover Gerhard Krüger Gerhard Krüger United States 1.17.7

1973 Lightning Larry Eduardo Gubellini Eduardo Gubellini United States 1.16.5

1972 Amyot Louis Sauvé Louis Sauvé France 1.16.8

1971 Une de Mai Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.16.7

1970 Une de Mai Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.16.6

1969 Une de Mai Jean-Rene Gougeon Jean-Rene Gougeon France 1.16.6

1968 Eileen Eden Johannes Frömming Johannes Frömming United States 1.16.5

1967 Roquepine Jean-Rene Gougeon Henri Levesque France 1.16.4

1966 Cheer Honey Gerhard Krüger Gerhard Krüger United States 1.16.7

1965 Elma Johannes Frömming Jonel Chyriacos France 1.16.5

1964 Hurst Hanover Giancarlo Baldi Giancarlo Baldi United States 1.16.7

1963 Behave Sergio Brighenti Sergio Brighenti United States 1.16.4

1962 Tornese Sergio Brighenti Sergio Brighenti Italy 1.16.8

1961 Kracovie Roger Vercruysse Roger Vercruysse France 1.17.0

1960 Nievo Ugo Bottoni Ugo Bottoni Italy 1.17.5

1959 Icare IV Walter Baroncini Walter Baroncini France 1.16.7

1958 Tornese Sergio Brighenti Sergio Brighenti Italy 1.17.9

1957 Tornese Mario Santi Sergio Brighenti Italy 1.18.5

1956 Gelinotte Charlie Mills Charlie Mills France 1.17.8

1955 Birbone Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi Italy 1.18.6

1954 Saint Clair Oduardo Baldi Oduardo Baldi United States 1.19.4

1953 Birbone Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi Italy 1.18.5

1952 Birbone Vivaldo Baldi Vivaldo Baldi Italy 1.18.6

1951 Bayard Ugo Bottoni Ugo Bottoni Italy 1.20.3

by David Sanders, for Harnesslink.com

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