Day At The Track


02:10 AM 06 May 2003 NZST
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The world champion Victory Tilly, driven by Stig H. Johansson, won the Gran Premio della Lotteria at the Agnano Racetrack in Naples, Italy on Sunday afternoon.

After a brief duel with the second favourite, Legendary Lover K driven by Pietro Gubellini, Victory Tilly went to the front and stayed there.

Down the stretch Legendary Lover K found racing room but could not catch Victory Tilly who won in 1.57.

An entrant from the United States, Hand Glider, owned by Adam Victor, finished third in the final.

The purse for the winner was $230,000.

The Lotteria was raced with three eliminations.

The first was won by the winner of the 1996 Valley Victory Final at Garden State Park, Allison Hollow (by Supergill), driven by Arnaldo Pollini in 1.57.1.

Victory Tilly took his elimination in 1.56.4 and Legendary Lover K won the third elimination in 1.56.

As the fastest elimination winner Legendary Lover K earned post position one in the final.

Victory Tilly started from post position two and Johansson sent Victory Tilly to the front but Gubellini tried to keep him off the lead.

Going around the first bend there was some bumping between the pair -- but Victory Tilly still managed to take command.

After the race the judges suspended Johansson for 10 days for careless driving, which meant that he would have missed the Elitlopp at Solvalla.

But Johansson appealed the suspension on Monday and hopes to drive at the Solvalla meet.

Victory Tilly has been nominated by his owners for the Breeders Crown, Nat Ray Memorial and Maple Leaf Trot in Canada and North America.

Courtesy Of Karsten Bonsdorf, United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom Correspondent

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