Commander Crowe, who last year was Europe’s leading trotter, returned to action Saturday afternoon at Vincennes in Paris, France.
Now a 10-year-old, Commander Crowe had not raced since he was third in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine last October.
His driver, Christophe Martens, was easy on the chestnut trotter and followed leading stablemate Quinoa du Gers with Mathieu Abrivard, but heading into the stretch Commander Crowe tired and finished sixth. Commander Crowe was later disqualified and placed last for being rough gaited. The favorite, Reve du Beleyv who finished third, was also disqualified for being rough gaited.
Saturday afternoon the famous winter meeting came to end and a total of $1.2 million was up for grabs in the nine races on the card.
The richest race, the Prix de Selection with a total purse of $315,000, was won by the outsider Village Mystic with trainer-driver and owner Louis Baudron in the bike.
27-year old Louis Baudron has had a banner meeting as he had earlier won the world’s richest under saddle race, the Prix de Cornulier with Singalo, who he also owns and trains.
Louis Baudron himself has a golden pedigree, as he has two grandfathers who have both won the Prix d’Amerique - Roger Baudron and Jean Pierre Dubois.