Swedish-bred and -owned, but French-trained and Belgium-driven, Commander Crowe won the Oslo Grand Prix over 1-5/16 miles at Bjerke Sunday afternoon (May 13), while last year's winner, Arch Madness with harness racing trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer in the bike, had to settle for third.
Arch Madness left the gate quickly and went for the front, but after the first quarter Commander Crowe with Christophe Martens came with a burst and took over and Arch Madness could enjoy a pocket trip.
Unlike last year, where Arch Madness sat in the pocket, too, he never found racing room down the stretch and had to settle for third place.
Commander Crowe won easily in 1:55f (mile rate), thus equaling the race record followed by Quarcio du Chene with Bjorn Goop of Sweden.
The purse for the winner was $250,000.
This was the second international win for Commander Crowe, who a fortnight ago won the Olympic Trot at Aby in Gothenburg.
The 9-year old chestnut trotter will next time race in a fortnight in the Elitlopp in Stockholm.
The Canadian entry, Windsong Geant with Rick Zeron, was never prominent in the race and was a well-beaten seventh out of just eight finishers.
Oslo Grand Prix 2012 -Commander Crowe
by Karsten Bonsdorf, USTA Senior Newsroom Correspondent