Marion Marauder Grinds His Way To Hambo Maturity Title
Jul 15

It was a big-time performance by the defending Trotter of the Year.

Driven by Scott Zeron, 1-5 favourite Marion Marauder beat Cufflink Hanover by a head in 2:05.2 for the mile-and-an-eighth distance to capture the $458,750 Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands Saturday night, and in doing so, became the first horse in the fourth edition of the series to complete the Hambo-Hambo Maturity sweep.

Zeron waited for his moment to go first-over just after the three-quarter mile mark and powered his way to the finish line, outlasting Cufflink Hanover. Warrawee Roo finished third with Dayson fourth.

Hes a grinder. Im not worried about him getting weak at the end; thats for sure, said Zeron. The way it unfolds, a mile and an eighth, a lot of people can do different things out there. Right now, hes at the best part of his game. Its hard to believe after the year he had last year. I dont mind coming first-up; he loves looking at them, just going right on by them. This year, hes matured to pull away. (His desire to race) is even more as a 4-year-old. It makes my life so much easier.

Marion Marauder paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10. Cufflink Hanover, with Corey Callahan driving, paid $7.40 and $4.60 to place with Warrawee Roo (Daniel Dube) paying $3.60 to show.

It was the son of Muscle Hills third win in four starts this season. Hes won 14 of 32 lifetime and has earned over $2 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling.

Last year, Marion Marauder swept the Triple Crown the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity on his way to being named Trotter of the Year.

(Hambletonian Society)


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