05/19/2017 10:19PM

Meadowlands: Ariana G, What The Hill lead New Jersey Sire Stakes winners

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Ariana G dominated her New Jersey Sire Stakes competition Friday night

The New Jersey Sire Stakes season for 3-year-olds of both gaits and sexes began Friday night at the Meadowlands, and Dan Patch Award winning filly trotter Ariana G was among the winners.

Driven by Yannick Gingras, Ariana G took over the lead from Ice Attraction (Ake Svanstedt) on the way to the 56 second half in her $20,000 test, then put up three-quarters in 1:25.  When Ice Attraction broke in the two-hole in upper stretch, Ariana G was left all alone, and she would cruise home to a 7 3/4 length decision in 1:52 2/5.  Dream Baby Dream (Rod Allen) was second and Southwind Prius (Andy Miller) checked in third.

​"That was exactly the way we wanted to start the year. She was perfect," said Gingras.

Ariana G is a daughter of Muscle Hill trained by Jimmy Takter for owners-breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.  The winner of the Breeders Crown, Peaceful Way, and Jim Doherty Memorial last year, Ariana G has won 10 of her 12 starts and has earned $753,967.  Ariana G, who was sent off at 1-9 in her 2017 debut, paid $2.10 to win.

What The Hill (David Miller), the Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion last year, improved to two-for-two in his sophomore campaign, winning his $20,000 flight for trotting colts in 1:52 2/5.  He led the way through panels of 27 4/5, 55 3/5, and 1:23 4/5, and with Miller never lifting a line, reported home about four lengths to the good at the wire.  Southwind Cobra (Gingras) followed in for second, giving trainer Ron Burke an exacta sweep, and New Jersey Viking (Svanstedt) was bumped up from fourth to third after original third-place finisher King On The Hill (Jimmy Takter) was placed fifth for an extended break through the stretch.Lisa PhotoWhat The Hill began the defense of his NJSS title with a victory

The victorious Muscle Hill colt is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC., and Deo Volente Farms LLC.  He won for the fifth time in his racing career, and he has banked $331,686.  The 1-5 wagering choice, What The Hill returned $2.40 to win.

Every Way Out (Tim Tetrick), who swept the New Jersey Sire Stakes legs and final for 2-year-old colt pacers last year, was a 1:52 1/5 winner to kick off this year's campaign.  He worked out a second-over trip behind Deo Galileo (David Miller), then out-kicked that rival through the stretch to win by a length and a quarter.  Prairie Mcdreamy (Corey Callahan) was up for third.

An If I Can Dream gelding, Every Way Out is trained by Dylan Davis for the ownership group of Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Edwin Gold, and Thomas Lazzaro.  Every Way Out now sports a record of 10-0-0 from 13 tries, and he has earned $191,805.  The 1-9 pick of the public, Every Way Out paid $2.10 to win.

Long Tom (Tetrick) bagged the other flight for colt trotters in 1:52 1/5.  He popped out of the pocket on Deacon Tony (Gingras) prior to the 1:24 three-quarters, took the lead, and proved best through the lane, scoring by 2 1/4 lengths over Yes Mickey (Svanstedt).  Deacon Tony stayed on for third.

Marcus Melander trains Long Tom, a Muscle Hill colt, for owner Amg Stable Oy.  A winner of a Grand Circuit stakes event at The Red Mile in 2016, Long Tom won at first asking this year and boosted his bankroll to $70,950.  Bet down to the 4-5 favorite, Long Tom returned $3.80 to win.

Glitzey Gal (David Miller) annexed the first split for filly trotters in 1:52 3/5.  She led her five foes through stations of 28 2/5, 57, and 1:25, then used a 27 3/5 final kicker to seal a one length victory over Feed Your Head (Gingras).  Hillarmbro (Trond Smedshammer) got third after a first-over try against the eventual winner.

The winner, a Muscle Hill filly, is trained by Nifty Norman for owners Melvin Hartman, David McDuffee, and Little E LLC.  She now has three wins from seven lifetime starts, and she has pocketed $26,500.  The 5-2 third choice, Glitzey Gal paid $7.40 to win.

Rounding out the winners was Colorful Jasmine (Callahan), who bagged the lone section for filly pacers in 1:54 1/5.  The 1-5 wagering choice, she moved from second to first past the 28 4/5 opening quarter, and after easing through middle-half sections of 58 2/5 and 1:27, she out-sprinted her rivals to win by about three lengths.  Wonderful World (Gingras) collected second and Misqued (Steve Smith) was third.

Tom Cancelliere trains Colorful Jasmine, a daughter of Philos Hanover, for owner-breeder John Cancelliere.  Colorful Jasmine has won half of her six career tries, and she has put away $32,500.  She returned $2.40 to win.