The Italian black-type calendar was released by the Italian MIPAAF on Monday. Rome starts its turf season on Mar. 5. with Milan and San Siro each beginning on Mar. 14. Regarding the Italian Classics, the G3 Premio Parioli (Italian 2000 Guineas) and the G3 Premio Regina Elena (Italian 1000 Guineas), will both be held in Rome on Apr. 25 and each carries a purse of €138,600. The €633,600 G2 Derby Italiano, the richest Group 2 race in Europe, is scheduled for Rome on May 23. Milan plays host to the G2 Oaks d'Italia, worth €366,300 this season, on June 6.
In the fall, some of the important group races are the Oct. 10 €231,550 G2 Premio Vittorio di Capua scheduled in Milan, as are the €244,200 G2 Premio Dormello and €244,200 G2 Gran Criterium, both on Oct. 24. The final day of group action in Italy is Nov. 7, with a quintet of group races on tap in Rome anchored by the €277,200 G2 Premio Lydia Tesio.