Commander Crowe Wins 2012 Elitlopp
Published: May 27, 2012 12:13 pm ET
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While most of the attention in European harness racing has gone to Ready Cash and Rapide Lebel, Commander Crowe may have solidified himself as the best of the best after a dominant straight-heat winning performance in the 2012 Elitlopp
After just getting up to beat Arch Madness in his heat, Commander Crowe and driver Christophe Martens made a stunning three-wide brush to the front in the Elitlopp final taking the lead from Arch Madness and driver Brian Sears. Under patient rating on the backstretch that kept Arch Madness in the pocket, Martens and Comamnder Crowe were more than a length the best in the final over Arch Madness with longshot Classic Grand Cru (Bjorn Goop) closing well for third. The time of the mile was 1:53.1.
The hometown favourite, owned by Sweden's Snogarps Gard stable and trained by France's Fabrice Souloy, has now captured three of the top races in Europe in 2012 - the Olympic Trot, the Oslo Grand Prix and the Elitlopp. While the connections of Comamnder Crowe stated that there could be an expanded North American season for their top trotter in 2012 after a brief rest, Comamnder Crowe will not return to North America until late October for the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack.
Canadian entrant Windsong Geant with trainer-driver Rick Zeron failed to advance from his elimination, captured by Norwegian standout Yarrah Boko.
2012 Elitlopp - Elimination One
2012 Elitlopp - Elimination Two