Marion Marauder in Sunday's Graduate at Tioga
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The enigmatic Trolley fell just short of taking last week's second leg at Mohawk, losing a tight photo to Dayson in 1:52.3 and comes into Sunday's third race as the logical choice among the field of five.
Trolley doesn't race often, having made only 10 starts at two and three but when he's good he's very good. He successfully battled the best of his crop last season despite a premature end to his campaign, counting a second in last year's Beal final as his career highlight to date. Erv Miller trains the son of Donato Hanover for Paymaq Racing, Leland Mathias, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger while Marcus Miller is the driver.
Division two fields six and serves as the seasonal debut of the 2016 Triple Crown winning Trotter of the Year, Marion Marauder. After a storybook 3-year-old season, he has had a pair of Mohawk qualifiers to prepare for trainer Paula Wellwood and will be reunited with driver Scott Zeron on Sunday.
Ten pacers declared for the single division $75,000 Graduate leg (race seven) and quite a formidable group it is. Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair) just last week paced the fastest mile in the long history of Canadian harness racing with his 1:46.4 win in the second Graduate leg at Mohawk and has drawn post two on Sunday. Tony Alagna trains Dr J Hanover for Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steve Wienick and Irwin Samelman.
Posted just to his inside is Boston Red Rocks (Tim Tetrick) who did a lot of the work in the record mile and finished second, beaten only a length at the end.
Sintra (Jody Jamieson) has won divisions of both Graduate legs and possess a wicked lick when called upon. Jimmy Takter sends out the dynamic Lyon's Snyder (Mark MacDonald) while all Check Six (Yannick Gingras) does is win money. (Tioga)