Marion Marauder - 2017
In 2016,Trotter of the Year MarionMarauder won the Triple
Crown by about three feet ? a head and two noses.He?snot a
horse to go to the lead before he hasto,and he doesn?t win
in spectacular fashion.
But nobody ismore determined to get past everyhorse in
front of him,and nobodydigsin harder late,thanMarion
Marauder, the son of Muscle Hill? Spellbound Hanover who
won by an uncharacteristicallylargemargin ? a half-length
? in the HambletonianMaturity,covering 1 1/8 milesin
Themare CelebrityEventsywasawayswiftly, then yielded
toWarrawee Roo,whose connectionswent game and
supplemented himfor $50,000 after finishing a
hard-charging second in the Graduate Final.The fractions
were :27.1, :56,1:24.1,and 1:51.3 asWarrawee Roo and driver
Dan Dube appeared to be doing everything right ? still
having the lead inmidstretch.
But then,without much asking fromdriver Scott Zeron,
MarionMarauder,who had been first-over before the far turn,
reached down to the spot where championsfindmore and
produced it,shifting to a higher gear and dashing the
pacesetter?shopes.The late-flying CufflinkHanover,a 1:51.1
winner two startsback,wasflying late towin a l-o-n-g photo
overWarrawee Roo,whose connections(the Determination
group that won with Emoticon Hanover)mademoneyon the
race ? third wasworth $55,050 against their $50,000
supplement fee.MarionMarauder,of course,made a bit more
money? in fact, trainer PaulaWellwood and owners Jean
Wellwood and Devin Keeling saw the Marauder become the
richest Triple Crown winner ever, trot or pace,bumping his
bankroll to $2,139,235.
After the race,Zeron acted just like a kid in a candyshop.
?You can grindwith him,because you know he won?t get
weak on you at the end.He likesto race at a target in front
of him.And if anything,he?sgot more drive this year at four
than last year.?