Marion Marauder closes late for Cashman win
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Hambletonian champ Marion Marauder swung from the pylons and overtook Will Take Charge and favorite Hannelore Hanover late in the lane to capture the $286,650 John Cashman Memorial for free-for-all trotters Saturday, August 4 at the Meadowlands. The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill used a late burst of speed to hit the wire first in the 1 1/8 miles contest, tripping the timer in 2:06. Will Take Charge was second and Hannelore Hanover third.
Starting from post eight for Scott Zeron, the driver left aggressively with I Know My Chip from the outside. I Know My Chip would lead the field to a :26.1 opening quarter, but Zeron kept his charge moving forward and took command racing out of the turn. In Secret would challenge on the outside, but Yannick Gingras wasted little time brushing to the lead, moving three-wide and sweeping to the front through a :54.2 half.
Zeron would patiently keep Marion Marauder along the inside through fractions of 1:23.2 and 1:51.4 as Hannelore Hanover came under fire from Will Take Charge and Tim Tetrick. Seeing his opportunity in the lane, he moved the trotting Triple Crown winner three-wide and stepped on the gas. The Paula Wellwood trainee responded, pushing in front late. A winner in four of seven starts this season, Marion Marauder added another $143,325 to his bankroll, which is quickly closing in on $3 million.
Bred by William Mulligan and owned by Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder returned $10.40, $4.60 and $3.00. Last year Marion Marauder finished second in the Cashman Memorial.