Palio Races of July and August 2022: Who’s Running

August 16, 2022 Palio of the Assumption

Here’s an overview of the ten contradas (contrade) that will compete in the August, 2022 Palio, in the order in which they were extracted (drawn). Please see Extraction of the Contrade post for more background on the process):

  • Tartuca (Turtle) – carried over from 2019
  • Lupa (She-Wolf) – carried over from 2019
  • Giraffa (Giraffe) – carried over from 2019
  • Civetta (Owl) – carried over from 2019
  • Leocorno (Unicorn) – carried over from 2019
  • Nicchio (Shell) – carried over from 2019
  • Valdimontone (Ram) – carried over from 2019
  • Onda (Wave) – (#1 extracted)
  • Selva (Forest) – (#2 extracted)
  • Chiocciola (Snail) (#3 extracted)

NOTES: As typical, the seven contradas that did not run in the most recent August Palio (2019, pre-Covid) are guaranteed to run in this event, listed above. Three additional contradas were extracted (drawn) during the Estrazione (Extraction) of the Contradas on Sunday, July 10, in the order listed above. This rounds out the final ten contradas that will compete in the Palio of the Assumption on August 16, 2022.

Rival Pairs in the Race: Turtle/Snail, Owl/Unicorn, Ram/Shell

Disqualified from this Palio: Goose

Not extracted, guaranteed to run next Aug, 2023: Tower, Dragon, Caterpillar, Panther, Goose, Eagle, Porcupine

WINNER: TBD

July 2, 2022 Palio of Provenzano: Who will Run?

The following ten contrade will compete in the July, 2022 Palio, in the order in which they were extracted (drawn):

  • Valdimontone (Ram) – carried over from 2019
  • Istrice (Porcupine) – carried over from 2019
  • Leocorno (Unicorn) – carried over from 2019
  • Lupa (She-Wolf) – carried over from 2019
  • Drago (Dragon) (#1 extracted)
  • Bruco (Caterpillar) (#2 extracted)
  • Chiocciola (Snail) (#3 extracted)
  • Pantera (Panther) (#4 extracted)
  • Civetta (Owl) (#5 extracted)
  • Torre (Tower) (#6 extracted)

NOTES: Usually seven contrade that did not run the previous year are carried over and automatically guaranteed to run in this Palio. However, three contrade were suspended (disqualified for past transgressions), so six more contrade were extracted (drawn) at the recent extraction event on May 29, 2022.

Rival Pairs in the Race: Owl/Unicorn, Porcupine/She-Wolf

Disqualified from this Palio: Goose, Turtle, Shell

Not extracted, guaranteed to run next July, 2023: Eagle, Giraffe, Forest, Wave

WINNER: Drago (Dragon), with fantino (jockey) Giovanni Atzeni (nicknamed Tittia) upon a horse named Zio Frac (Uncle Frac).

Tittia riding Zio Frac during the first evening trial on June 29, 2022 (Photo: Paradis)

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