Day At The Track


06:02 PM 09 May 2005 NZST
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On Sunday (May 8), for the fourth time in his career, Swedish champion trainer and driver Stig H. Johansson won Italy's prestigious Gran Premio Lotteria at the Agnano track in Naples.

Johansosn won an elimination and the final with Digger Crown, an 8-year-old son of Lindy’s Crown. The purse for the winner was $275,000.

Digger Crown and Johansson were in command right from start and won very easily, and were followed to the wire by the Italian trotters Dart Boss and Chance au Chef. Digger Crown was timed in 1:57.2.

In his elimination, Digger Crown had to go faster,1:55.4, to hold off a late brush by Pegasus Boko.

That was the fastest elimination; Tsar d’Inverne won the first elimination in 1:57 and Legendary Lover K won the other in 1:57.2.

In the final, Legendary Lover K, driven by Pietro Gubellini, tried to challenge Digger Crown at start, but went off-stride and was disqualified.

This was the fourth big win for Digger Crown in Italy, earlier he won such prestigious races such as the Campionato Europeo, Gran Premio Duomo, and Gran Premio delle Nazioni.

After the win in the Lotteria it was obvious that Digger Crown has earned a spot in the field in the Elitlopp, but Johansson has promised to drive Scarlet Knight, so Digger Crown may be headed to the Sweden Cup, which will be raced one day before the Elitlopp.

by Karsten Bonsdorf, USTA Web Newsroom correspondent.

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