Hambletonian Notes

hambletonianFrom the Meadowlands

Big Hambo Day For Great Scott
Saturday, August 6, 2016

For Scott Zeron, Hambletonian Day might just have been the best one he’s ever had.

The 27-year-old driver guided Marion Marauder to victory in the 91st Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands before a crowd of 20,122.

The winner came first over to grab the lead in the stretch before holding off the late charge of 2-1 second choice Southwind Frank to win by a nose in 1:51.4.

Marion Marauder upped his 2016 record to six wins in seven starts and returned $7.00 to win as the third choice in the betting. Sutton finished third. Bar Hopping, the even-money favorite, led to three-quarters, but faded and finished fifth.

But Zeron, the Big M’s leading driver, had another huge score on the card.

Shamballa and Zeron worked out a perfect second-over trip to pull off a surprise in the US Pacing Championship for Scott’s father, trainer Rick Zeron.

Always B Miki, the 1-2 favorite, led most of the way, but faded midstretch and finished fourth. Wiggle It Jiggleit finished second, a length behind Shamballa, who paid $19.80 and completed the mile in 1:47.1.

A LOOK AHEAD: What The Hill emerged late on the scene from off the pace and now assumes the role of early Hambletonian favorite for 2017 after winning the Peter Haughton Memorial for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters for driver David Miller and trainer Ron Burke.

The Muscle Hill colt paid $18.60 and trotted the mile in 1:54.4.

UP IN ‘TIME’: All The Time tipped off live cover and crushed her foes in the Hambletonian Oaks for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The Yannick Gingras-driven, Jimmy Takter-trained daughter of Muscle Hill completed the mile in 1:52.1 and paid $9.20 to win.

FIVE MILLION PLUS: All-source wagering on the program totaled $5,656,698.

Here’s a quick look at the balance of the major races on the Hambo Day Card, with winner, driver, trainer, win price and time:
• Shady Daisy (3-year-old pacing fillies): Darlinonthebeach, David Miller, Nancy Johansson, $4.80, 1:49.1
• Fresh Yankee (Free For All trotting mares): Hannelore Hanover, Gingras, Burke, $2.20, 2:05 (1 1/8 miles)
• Jim Doherty Memorial (2-year-old trotting fillies): Ariana G, Gingras, Takter, $3.20, 1:53.1
• John Cashman Memorial (Free For All trotters): Resolve, Ake Svanstedt (driver/trainer), $4.40, 1:50.2
• Cane Pace (3-year-old pacers): Control The Moment, Brian Sears, Bradley Maxwell, $3.20, 2:02.4 (1 1/8 miles)
• Vincennes (Invitational trot): Meladys Monet, Jason Bartlett, Kevin McDermott, $15.40, 1:51.4

• Lady Liberty (Free For All mare pacers): Lady Shadow, Gingras, Ronald Adams, $3.80, 2:03 (1 1/8 miles)

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