Marion Marauder


Earnings

$3.39 million

Record

22-17-8

Retired

2020

The pressure is all on the Hambletonian and we delivered, the horse delivered. It was amazing.

Trained by husband and wife team Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood, and owned by their son Devin Keeling and Wellwood’s mother Jean, Marion Marauder was welcomed into a family that had been racing and training Standardbreds for generations.

Purchased for $37,000 as a yearling, Marauder showed talent and potential early on, outrunning his relatively small stature (15.2 hands, or 62” at the withers) thanks to his powerful stride and determination to win.

At two years old, Marauder developed a “come from behind” racing style out of necessity. He often began his races two or three rows behind the starting gate because of his aggressive behavior towards nearby horses. Time and experience solved that problem, and Marauder became more versatile and effective as he matured.

The Hambletonian is a race for trotters that brings the season’s best three-year-olds together each year to race for a million-dollar purse. The “Hambo” is also the first leg of the Trotting Triple Crown, and is followed by the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity.

After winning his Hambletonian elimination heat with a career-record 1.51.3 earlier in the day, Marauder trotted to victory in the Hambletonian final, beating the tenacious Southwind Frank in a photo finish.

Victories in the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity (by very small margins) followed, making Marauder the 9th trotting triple crown winner in history, and the 8th richest North American-based trotter in harness racing history. His driver, Scott Zeron, became the youngest driver to win a Triple Crown.

Marion Marauder was retired to stud in 2017, then returned to a successful racing career when he was found to be infertile. He retired in 2020 with earnings of $3.39 million (USD).

In 2022, he became the first Hambletonian winner to reside at the Kentucky Horse Park.

At two years old, Marauder developed a “come from behind” racing style.

Marauder trotted his best mile of 1:50.2 at the age of seven.


His name is based on the first name of one of his owners and the name of the other owner’s college sports team.


In 2022, he became the first Hambletonian winner to reside at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Notable Wins

2016

Goodtimes Stakes
Stanley Dancer Memorial
Hambletonian Stakes
Yonkers Trot
Kentucky Futurity

2017

Graduate Final
Hambletonian Maturity
Cleveland Trotting Classic

2018

Graduate Final
Hambletonian Maturity
Cleveland Trotting Classic
“The difference between last year and this year is that he grew quite a bit…but the real difference is that he learned how to win.”

Paula Wellwood, Co-trainer


Earnings

$3.39 million

Record

22-17-8

Retired

2020

Pedigree

Muscle Hill, Spellbound Hanover

Nickname

Marauder

Attributes

Bay Gelding

Foaled

2013

Height

15.2 hands

Trainer

Paula Wellwood & Mike Keeling

Breeders

Marion Farms

Owners

Marion Jean Wellwood & Devin Keeling

Driver

Scott Zeron

Trophy
O’Brien Award:
Champion 3 year old Trotter 2016
Man O War Statue
Dan Patch Award: Trotter of the Year 2016
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Dan Patch Award: Older trotter 2017
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Nominee to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame 2022
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