Varenne will be at the Montechiarugolo Hippodrome, Saturday 31 August, for an event in his honor and to celebrate, even if a bit late, his 24th birthday.
Varenne is considered to be the best trotter of all time. No other trotter has won so many of the most important races in the world and set as many records as Varenne. Varenne has established numerous track records on various racetracks. He won the Prix d’Amérique twice (2001–2002), considered to be the most difficult race in harness racing (2700 meters / 1.708 miles – 18 starters). His most prestigious victories also includes Elitloppet, Gran Premio della Lotteria and Breeders Crown. He is the only horse to win this most important races in the same year (2001). In 2010, Varenne was inducted into the Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame in New York, an honor typically restricted to American horses only. In May 2011, Kanal 75, the Swedish company that broadcasts harness racing on TV4 Sport in Sweden, asked 38 international media to name the best horse of all time. Varenne came out on top. Varenne also raised money for disabled children. The proceeds of his 2002 victory at the “Premio Mario Locatelli” went entirely to charity for the Carlo Gnocchi Italian center. These proceeds helped complete the project on “Cascina Linterno” in Milan that provided a range of services for people with disabilities, including an equestrian facility for the rehabilitation of people with physical and mental disabilities, through horse therapy. Since August 5th, 2019, Varenne got a new home, at the Equicenter Monteleone .