Day At The Track

Commander Crowe wins 2014 debut in Holland

08:46 AM 18 May 2014 NZST
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Commander Crowe, harness racing
Commander Crowe and Robin Bakker win 2014 debut at Wolvega Racetrack in Holland
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Commander Crowe

The “blonde” veteran Commander Crowe (11g Juliano Star-Somack-Mack Lobell) scored a comeback victory in his first 2014 start as an 11 year-old in tonight’s featured Aon Trophy (purse €6,600) at Wolvega (Holland).

Starting from position three in the 2100 meter autostart contest, reinsman Robin Bakker eased the Commander to the front and he led throughout to defeat the competitive Peter J. Strooper trained entry of Lobell Countess (6f Abano As-Countess Diamond) with Michel F. Rothengatter aboard  and Andriy Fortune (7m SJs Photo-Nikita Fortuna) steered by Strooper. Winning time was 1.12.7kr, a track record for the distance.

Commander Crowe , the best European trotter in 2012, was making his return this Saturday night in Holland and trainer Fabrice Souloy was asked whether he was relieved or satisfied. He responded positively to both saying his favorite champion is happy, flexible and better gaited than in 2013.

Souloy said he would establish a racing program for him, perhaps in events just below the top class and that could include the Sweden Cup. Souloy said the Wolvega racetrack was in perfect condition and driver Bakker said it was a special thrill to drive the Commander,  that now has earnings in excess of £3,513,000 and 57 victories. Commander Crowe is owned by Snogarps Gard AB.

Race replay is with the story.

Truculent wins an invite to the Elitloppet

Truculent, handled by Johnny Taker for trainer Lars-I Nilsson, scored a decisive front-end victory in the Gr. II International UET Masters Series H.K.H. Prins Daniels (1609 meters autostart, 400,000SEK to winner) at Gavle.

Raced on a beautiful sunny day before a huge crowd, Truculent (7m Revenue-Heaven Tonight-Victory Dream) secured the front early from On Track Piraten (6g Kool du Caux-Monrovia-Rite On Line) and Erik Adielsson and set a blistering pace  with the first 500 meters in 1.07.7kr. The US import maintained the pace, winning in 1.09.5kr that was easily his best career time (previously 1.11kr). 

Truculent now has won three straight and 20 of 36 lifetime for earnings of 1,920,594SEK. He drew away at the end for a two length victory over pocket sitting On Track Piraten that escaped late but could not close on the winner. Kadett CD (7m Scarlet Knight-Kiss Of Life-Tenor de Baune) was third for trainer/driver Robert Bergh. The win by the US import Truculent (breeder River Ridge Farm) grants him an automatic Elitloppet invitation.

Last night at Boden the 2013 Elitloppet winner Nahar (9g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) won a comeback and Elitloppet prep start over 2140 meters autostart.  He scored in 1.12.8kr for his 25th career win in 75 starts. The veteran now sports earnings of 9,152.098SEK. Dresscode and Lillern Sisu were next across the line

USA bred, Russian owned Betterthancheckers wins in Sweden

USA bred and Russian owned Betterthancheckers (5m Donato Hanover-Armbro Domino-Self Possessed) took the Bronze Division of the V75 for Jorma Kontio.

Timo Nurmos trains this one for Stroy Nataliya. He led throughout to win by two lengths, his second straight in 2014, after three starts in Germany in fourth quarter 2013. His prior racing career was spent in Russia. The winner now has an impressive 26-2-1 slate in 31 starts for earnings of 890,000SEK including 110,000SEWK today.  He scored start to finish in a sharp 1.11.4kr over 1609 meters autostart. Rocket Zet was second for Daniel Reden.

The MittMedia for 100,000SEK to the winner went to Jeppas Maxi (5g Varenne-Absolutely Perfect-Balanced Image) in 1.12kr over 2140 meters autostart. Torbjorn Jansson teamed the winner that defeated Coldtown with Jorma Kontio up and Regent Zet with reinsman Johan Untersteiner aboard. Jeppas Maxi posted his third consecutive win and now shows a 5-0-1 slate in just six career starts.

The  Silver V75 Division for 125,000SEK to the winner went to USA bred Food Money (6g Andover Hall-Windylane Hanover-Lindy Lane) and driver Mercedes Balogh. The pair won in 1.12.9kr over B.B.S Mandarino with Robert Bergh and A. Hannibal handled by Ake Lindblom.

Other winners on the card included Vasterbo Paymyday (5g Credit Winner-Vasterbo Daylight-Spotlite Lobell) in 1.11.8kr for Jorma Kontio. He took home 100,000SEK as winners’ share of the purse to owner Stall Wahlstedt. Oscar Nilsson scored a victory with Britt Palema (5f Adams Hall-Rapidsland Glare-Southwind Pinnacle) in a mares event worth 100,000SEK to her owner Stall It Was Easy. This mare now has a 9-5-0 slate in 18 career starts.

Gavle was founded in 1938 and is known as Sweden's fastest track. The track is situated 180 km north of Stockholm and is a five-eighths mile course with 40 live race days.

Restaurants: 500 seats in the grand restaurant and 600 places in the bar.

Grandstand: 1200 seats indoors.

Location: 1 km north of Gävle.

by Thomas H. Hicks, for

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