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Top trotters among Spirit of Mass. eligibles

June 12, 2017

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Plainridge Park has released the list of eligible horses for its signature event, the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot, which will be contested on Friday (July 28).

The roster was confirmed after the second sustaining payments were received on Monday (May 15). Thirty-four horses and geldings and four mares make up the 38 qualified to vie for the nine starting slots in the one-mile event.

The all-star field of older Open trotters is highlighted by five millionaires, namely International trotting star Resolve ($2,299,754), 2015 Colonial Trot and multi-stakes winning Crazy Wow ($1,772,564), 2016 Hambletonian champion and 2016 Dan Patch Trotter of the Year Marion Marauder ($1,791,518), 2016 Dan Patch older male Trotter of the Year Obrigado ($1,670,999) and 2016 Dan Patch Trotting Mare of the Year Hannelore Hanover ($1,478,478).

The competition for this race is heating up as probable entrants are already making headlines in other events globally.

Resolve recently finished third in the Elitlopp in 1:51.3; Crazy Wow won the Charlie Hill Memorial Trot at Eldorado Scioto Downs defeating Obrigado in a track record time of 1:52; Marion Marauder won his seasonal debut in the Graduate at Tioga Downs in 1:52.4; and Hannelore Hanover won back-to-back stakes in her last two outings at Mohawk in 1:52.4 and 1:52.2.

Needless to say the Plainridge Park all-time trotting mark of 1:53.1 will be in definite peril on that last Friday of July.

A complete list of all 38 eligibles to the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot can be found by clicking here.

A landing page for the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot has been created and will be updated with news and information as race day approaches. You can visit that by clicking here. (Plainridge)

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