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MARION MARAUDER TRIES TO GO "FOURTH" FOR CANADA IN INTERNATIONAL TROT
He's just pretty good. Three million dollars takes care of a lot of tariffs on any side of the border.
The million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino goes Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th (first post 1 PM), and you couldn't legally assemble a field of 10 world-class trotters without including Marion Marauder.
"He's made that money for a reason," driver Scott Zeron said.
Actually, any number of reasons.
"He's always resilient, has never thrown out a bad race, does his job, can take air and knows where the finish line is."
The Great White North won three of the first dozen Internationals (Tie Silk 1962, mares Armbro Flight 1966 and Fresh Yankee 1970), but it's been a long time waiting for a fourth. "I wasn't even born when those happened," the 29 year old Zeron said (Some of us were. Just sayin').
(Author's aside...The late addition of Will Take Charge gives Canada two legitimate chances in this International)
Marion Marauder, a 5 year old son of Muscle Hill, is Canada-driven, Canada co-owned (Marion Wellwood & grandson Devin Keeling) and Canada co-trained (Devin's parents, Mike Keeling & Paula Wellwood, with Paula listed as stateside trainer).
"I have a great rapport with Paula and Mike," Zeron said. "They're laid back and love their animals."
"I've never had to use him hard, go down to the half in 54 seconds or some crazy number," Zeron "His schedule (the International is just Marion Marauder's 11th race of the season) has always been planned to give him time off between starts," Zeron said. "He purposely skipped the Dayton Trotting Derby and didn't go to Lexington because Paula and Mike were hoping Yonkers would invite him.
In fact, Marion Marauder has made his $3,080,380 in only 48 career starts (20 wins, 15 seconds, 5 thirds), with six of those wins and four seconds this season ($544,680). His Westchester resume reads three wins-including the 2016 Yonkers Trot en route to the Trotting Triple Crown-and a pair of seconds in five starts.
He's come away with a pay envelope in 45 of those 48 starts.
Marion Marauder enters the International 22 days between races, the last a come from behind win in Hoosier's $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic.
A year ago, Marion Marauder was runner-up in the International, some 5 1/2 lengths behind stakes and worldr ecord setting Twister Bi'ss 2:22.1 frolic for the mile and a quarter distance.
“He (Marion Marauder) was very good, but the winner was amazing,” Zeron said.
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