07/15/2016 11:21PM

Meadowlands: Every Way Out completes New Jersey Sire Stakes dominance

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Every Way Out is now three-for-three in his young career after winning the New Jersey Sire Stakes final

Every Way Out finished off a sweep of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers Friday night at the Meadowlands, winning the $100,000 final in 1:52 3/5.  That was one of four $100,000 finals for freshmen on the card, with What The Hill, Ariana G, and Designated Drinker also winning in their respective divisions.

Driven by Tim Tetrick, Every Way Out went right to the front from post six, and after posting fractions of 28, 56 3/5, and 1:24 4/5, he kicked out a 27 4/5 final quarter to prevail by 4 3/4 lengths over Deo Galileo (Scott Zeron), who finished second to Every Way Out in both preliminary legs as well.  88-1 shot Firefox Hanover (Christopher Freck) was third.

"He was definitely the most talented colt in the race," Tetrick said of the son of If I Can Dream.  "At this point he's hands above the ones that he's racing against, but he's got a pretty big motor in him.  He can get it.  He's not a bad colt at all.  Every time I asked him there was plenty left.

"This horse has already learned how to win really quickly in his career, so hopefully that continues."

Dylan Davis trains Every Way Out for owners Howard Taylor, Abe Basen, Ed Gold, and Thomas Lazzaro, who purchased the colt from previous owner Aaron Lambert before the second round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes.  Now three-for-three in his career, Every Way Out has earned $75,000.  Plucked out of the Standardbred Horse Sale for just $12,000, Every Way Out is out of the Real Artist mare Every Play, a half-sister to millionaire Cam Swifty.  The 1-9 choice, he paid $2.10.

"He looked pretty impressive," Davis added.  "Like Timmy said, he was probably the best in the field, but he did it with a lot of ability.  He's perfect-built. He's got a nice body, great head, and he's very smart.  He seems to like his work."

In the colt trot final, What The Hill (Andrew McCarthy) followed Hammer Time (Dave Miller) from the pocket through panels of 28, 58, and 1:27 3/5, then slipped through up the inside in the stretch to defeat a wide-rallying King On The Hill (Yannick Gingras) by a head in 1:55 2/5.  Fly On (Andy Miller) was up for third.

"Pretty much all they told me was, 'be a little careful with him in the turns and he's good enough to win,'" said McCarthy.  "He felt strong leaving out of there, so I let him chase the gate a little bit.  I sat a two-hole to Dave and got lucky to sneak up the inside there.  He was pretty strong finishing.  I wasn't sure if I won it or not.  Yannick was on the inside, and we were a fair way apart, but it worked out. 

"We kind of slowed it down a little bit in the second quarter, but then they picked it up in the third quarter, which helped because he was starting to get a little hot on me.  He got through that last turn good and powered home."

What The Hill is a Muscle Hill colt trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables, LLC.  It was the maiden-breaking win for What The Hill, a $65,000 buy at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.  What The Hill is out of the Angus Hall mare K T Cha Cha ($109,515), a full sister to former Canadian Horse of the Year Majestic Son ($1,756,883).  Sent off at 7-1, What The Hill returned $17.80.

Checkmate Time (Scott Zeron) was looking for a sweep in the final for 2-year-old trotting fillies, but she made a break when jammed up in the pocket past the 28 2/5 opening quarter.  With Checkmate Time out of the picture, Waffle Cone (Tetrick) moved from fourth to first en route to the 56 4/5 half, with Ariana G (Gingras) taking up the first-over chase. 

Ariana G, who had won in the first leg but then skipped the second round, got to within a nose of Waffle Cone at the 1:26 1/5 three-quarters, then had a clear lead by the time they turned for home.  The margin only widened through the lane, with Ariana G going on to score by seven lengths in 1:53 4/5.  Evelyn (McCarthy) followed the winner from second-over and took the runner-up position, and Feed Your Head (Jimmy Takter) was third.

"She's a sweetheart," Gingras offered.  "I sat behind her a couple times in the spring, and I loved her from the first time I sat behind her." 

Takter trains Ariana G, a daughter of Muscle Hill, for owners/breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz.  Ariana G is out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All ($286,412), making her a full sister to All The Time ($541,167), who will be racing in one of the Del Miller Memorial divisions Saturday night at the Meadowlands.  The 3-2 second choice, Ariana G paid $5.00 to win.

"All The Time, at this point she was maybe struggling with her gait.  Jimmy had to fix her a little bit, and she got better as the year went along," Gingras said when asked to compare the two sisters.  "This one has been really, really good from the word go."

The biggest upset of the night occurred in the final for 2-year-old pacing fillies.  1-5 favorite Livinginthedream (Marcus Miller), who had won both the preliminary legs for the group, swept from third to first beyond the 28 1/5 opening quarter.  She would go on to click off a 57 3/5 half and a 1:26 2/5 three-quarters, and led by a length and a half turning for home.

In the stretch Livingthedream maintained her lead until inside the final eighth, where 40-1 shot Designated Drinker (Chris Lems), who came first-over out of fifth before the half, began to close in.  Livinginthedream was tough, but Designated Drinker got up in the dying strides to win by a neck in 1:55 2/5.  Livinginthedream had to settle for second, and Wonderful World (Corey Callahan), who lacked room in the pocket until late, finished third.

"She always digs for home pretty good, especially when she has a target, so I was fairly confident," Lems said.  "I didn't know if she could out-sprint (Livinginthedream) or not, but she was good tonight."

Lems also owns and trains Designated Drinker, a filly by If I Can Dream.  Designated Drinker, who won for the first time from two attempts, is out of the Dream Away mare Dreamsicle, making her a half-sister to Dontch Remember (Western Terror, $157,538).  Designated Drinker returned $82.40 to win.