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62nd Yonkers Trot Elimination

OffTrackBetting.com - 2016 Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder goes after the second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown, leading nine 3-year-olds in the 62nd Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway.

With a guaranteed $500,000 final purse, Yonkers Raceway's signature trotting event begins with a game of musical chairs, as in one $40,000 elimination this Saturday night (Aug. 27) to determine the eight finalists. The final is next Saturday night (Sept. 3).

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The alphabetical list of entrants for the Yonkers Trot elimination appears below.

Celebrity Express
Cufflink Hanover (gelding)
Gleaming Memory
Hititoutofthepark (ridgling)
Iron Mine Bucky
Marion Marauder
Steed (gelding)

Marion Marauder, a Muscle Hill colt, enters with six wins and a second in eight seasonal starts with earnings of $854,905. He had won five consecutive starts -- included the elimination and $1 million final of the Hambletonian -- before a first-up second in last weekend's Colonial at Pocono.

Paula Wellwood trains, keeping it in the family for co-owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Scott Zeron again does the driving.

As a carrot at the end of a Yonkers Trot stick, the winner also gets a Yonkers International Trot invitation for that million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon (Oct. 15).

61st Messenger Stakes

The 61st Messenger Stakes, second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, also goes for its $500,000 guaranteed final. Racing Hill leads eight in a one-dash-for-the-cash event, also set for September 3.

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Racing Hill, the career seven-figure son of Roll With Joe, has been consistent to a fault this season, hitting the board in all 10 tries (four wins, five seconds, one third). He won the $500,000 Hempt Memorial (Pocono), while the victory in the $400,000 Adios (Meadows) was sandwiched around second-place efforts in the Meadowlands Pace and the Battle of the Brandywine (also at Pocono).

Tony Alagna trains the Tom Hill homebred, who is making his small-track debut.

This Saturday's programs also features a pair of events for three-year-old fillies, the $118,574 Hudson Trot and $109,050 Lady Maud Pace. The connections of eight three-year-old pacers have entered their charges to contest the 61st Messenger Stakes, which is the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Racing Hill will lead a field of eight in a `one-dash-for-the-cash" event, which will also be raced on Saturday, September 3. The final will feature a guaranteed purse of at least $500,000.

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The Messenger entrants, again alphabetically, are Another Daily Copy, Don'tcallmefrancis (gelding), Dr J Hanover, Fernando Hanover (gelding), Manny, Racing Hill, Stonebridge Beach and Western Fame.

This Saturday programs also features a pair of events for 3-year-old fillies, the $118,574 Hudson Trot and $109,050 Lady Maud Pace.

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