The 9-year-old Swedish gelding Commander Crowe continued his impressive winning streak on Saturday (August 25) at Cagnes sur Mer in southern France, where he won the harness racing Grand Prix of the General Council of the Alpes Maritimes in 1:52.4.
The year 2012 has seemed to go down in the European historic book of trotting as the year of Commander Crowe. The chestnut gelding, driven by Christophe Martens and trained by Fabrice Souloy, won his eighth race of the year as he held off the two-time winner of the Prix d'Amerique,, driven by Franck Nivard, down the stretch.
was in front from the start, as Rapide Lebel, with Eric Raffin, again became too head strong and was on a break before the trotters left the gate.
Martens made his move at the half-mile and went aroundwithout any problems.
Down the stretchcame up on the outside to attack Commander Crowe, but there was never any doubt. Commander Crowe won by a length followed by .
The purse for the winner was $112,500 and in 2012 Commander Crowe has added $1,443,655 to his lifetime earnings; that's the most any harness horse in the world has earned at present in 2012.
And it's not over.
Commander Crowe will race in a fortnight in Paris and then at the end of September in the Trotting Masters final in Sweden -- a race with a total purse of $625,000.
Commander Crowe 1:10,2_Ch. Martens_Grand Prix Du Conseil General Des Alpes 2012
by Karsten Bonsdorf, USTA web newsroom correspondent
Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association