Europe's best trotter at the moment, Commander Crowe, is scheduled to race in the Nat Ray Trot at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk this summer. Commander Crowe, who won the Oslo Grand Prix Sunday afternoon at Bjerke, will race in the Elitlopp in Stockholm, and after a rest, he'll go to North America, his harness racing trainer Fabrice Souloy said.
Commander Crowe raced last year in the Breeders Crown in Canada, where he finished third behind San Pail and Rapide Lebel.
At present Commander Crowe ranks third in the new European series, UET Masters of Trot , who replaced the Grand Circuit series. Now results from more than 100 races a year are counted into a points ranking, which at present is let by Rapide Lebel, followed by Roxanne Griff, with Commander Crowe third.
At Bjerke another Swedish trotter, Micro Mesh, won in a new track record of 1:54.f and the 3-year old filly Xquisite Chocolate took her third win in 1:56.4f, which is the fastest record by a 3-year-old trotter in Europe this year. Xquisite Chocolate raced nine times in the United states last year; she won once, took a mark of 1:59.2 and earned $25,294 before being shipped to the Hamre stable in Norway.
Another impressive winner was the 9-year-old German trotter Classic Grand Cru, driven by Björn Goop, who won an elimination and the final in the Metro Radio Cup. The final was won in 1:54.2f.
Classic Grand Cru is trained in Denmark by Steen Juul, who also is the trainer of second place finisher Neo Holmsminde.
Oslo Grand Prix 2012 -Commander Crowe
by Karsten Bonsdorf, USTA web newsroom correspondent