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Marion Marauder defending Cleveland title

June 25, 2019
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Northeast Ohio’s premier trotting race, the Cleveland Trotting Classic, will go to post Saturday (June 29) at MGM Northfield Park.  This will be the fifth edition of the Classic and it carries a purse of $175,000.
 
The Grand Circuit event has again attracted the best veteran trotters in North America. It has been slated as the 12th event on a 16-race program. First race post time is 6 PM.
 
Guardian Angel AS drew the rail and has been named the 2-1 morning line favorite by Northfield Park Executive Vice President of Racing and Simulcasting Dave Bianconi.  The favored trotter tries to deny last year’s winner, Marion Marauder’s attempt at defending his title.
 
Guardian Angel AS goes to the gate in Saturday’s feature, putting his three-race win streak on the line.  His trio of wins includes the $100,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Trainer Annette Lorentzon calls upon Yonkers standout Jason Bartlett to drive.
 
Marion Marauder, winner of the 2018 Cleveland Trotting Classic, drew post-5 and has been named the 7-2 second choice.  The six year-old attempts to be a repeat a triumph in this event and looks to add to add to his $3.1 million bankroll for trainer Paula Wellwood.  Marion Marauder, the 2016 Trotting Triple Crown champion, will be handled by Canadian superstar Scott Zeron.  
 
Local driving standouts Aaron Merriman and Ronnie Wrenn, Jr have both received assignments in this year’s field.  Wrenn, begins from post-6 with Canadian sensation Musical Rhythm, a winner of six consecutive races and almost $700,000 in earnings.  Merriman drives Plunge Blue Chip from the 8-hole. This trotter has over $1 million in earnings and carries a 1:49.4 lifetime mark, the fastest in the race. (Northfield)
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