The Road to the Breeders Crown begins now!
Sept. 12, 2016~Marion Marauder, Bar Hopping Win Canadian Trotting Classic Elims;
Betting Line Best Again
By Frank and Ray Cotolo (BC) denotes Breeders Crown eligible
Grand Circuit action continued at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 10 with two $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic (CTC) and the $204,040 Simcoe Three-Year-Old Pace.
Marion Marauder (BC-Muscle Hill) took command after the half and advanced to a 1:52 victory as the 1-5 favorite in the first CTC elimination over Winter Harbor (BC-Muscle Hill), Tony Soprano (BC-Kadabra), Waitlifter K (BC-Muscles Yankee) and Brooklyn Hill (BC-Muscle Hill). Owned by Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, trained by Mike Keeling, and driven by Scott Zeron, he paid $2.40.
Bar Hopping (BC-Muscle Hill) pounced by tempo-setter Southwind Frank (BC-Muscle Hill) to win the second CTC elimination over Bee In Charge (BC-Manofmanymissions), Warrawee Roo (BC-Majestic Son), and Dia Monde. He’s owned by Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, trained by Jimmy Takter, and driven by Tim Tetrick. He paid $10.00.
Sitting off a torrid pace by Lyons Snyder (BC-Well Said), Betting Line won his eleventh-straight race this season in 1:49.1 as the 1-9 favorite, with Lyons Snyder finishing second and Voracity (BC-Sportswriter) third. Owned by West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol, trained by Casie Coleman, and driven by David Miller, he paid $2.30.
August 6, 2016~Marion Marauder wins Hambletonian
It wasn’t the perfect drive. But it was the perfect ending.
Marion Marauder won Saturday’s (Aug. 6) $1 million Hambletonian, presented by Mullinax Ford, by a nose over Southwind Frank in 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. Sutton was third as the top three horses stretched across the finish line separated by only a neck in the 91st edition of the sport’s top race for 3-year-old trotters. Marion Marauder was a 1:51.4 winner in the Hambletonian.
It was Marion Marauder’s second win of the day. Earlier in the afternoon, he won his Hambletonian elimination by a half-length over Southwind Frank in a career-best 1:51.3. Last year, Marion Marauder was winless in races against Southwind Frank, finishing second on four occasions.
In the Hambletonian final, Marion Marauder was fifth as Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping traded the lead in the first half of the race. At that point Scott Zeron, driving Marion Marauder for the wife-and-husband training team of Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, put his horse in gear and launched a first-over attack.
Marion Marauder was second behind Bar Hopping at three-quarters, but reached the front at the top of the stretch. As Bar Hopping dropped back, eventually finishing fifth, Marion Marauder held off hard-charging challenges from Southwind Frank to his inside and Sutton on the outside. Waitlifter K was fourth, beaten a length.
Zeron, who at age 27 became the second-youngest driver to win the Hambletonian, thought he might have moved too soon with Marion Marauder. To read the rest of the story, CLICK HERE
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