06/02/2017 9:21PM

Meadowlands: Scintillating mile by Ariana G headlines New Jersey Sire Stakes finals

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Ariana G has trainer Jimmy Takter thinking about facing the boys later in June

Ariana G trotted a sensational 1:51 1/5 mile to garner top billing from the four $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes finals for 3-year-olds on Friday night at the Meadowlands.

The defending Dan Patch Award winner, Ariana G (Yannick Gingras) got the lead away from Ice Attraction (Andrew McCarthy) just beyond the 27 3/5 opening quarter in the championship for trotting fillies, then went on to hit the half in 55 3/5 and the three-quarters in 1:24 1/5.  A first-over Glitzey Gal (David Miller) and Ice Attraction tried to maintain contact with Ariana G in the final quarter, but it was to no avail, as she pulled away to win by 3 1/4 lengths.  Ice Attraction did hold second, with Dream Baby Dream (Rod Allen) up for third.

"She just got more mature, and she's coming back scary good," said winning trainer Jimmy Takter.  "We still have 60 days to the Hambletonian, but she trotted in 1:51 1/5 here, and Yannick said if I had let her go she would have gone in 49 on a little cold and windy night here.  Hopefully I'm not peaking her too soon, but she's just fantastic.

"I would say at this point she could be the most talented I've developed."

Takter added that Ariana G, who also won the New Jersey Sire Stakes final last year, is eligible to the Earl Beal at Pocono later this month, and he will consider it for Ariana G's next stakes engagement.

Ariana G is a daughter of Muscle Hill owned by breeders Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld.  The winner of the Breeders Crown, Peaceful Way, and Jim Doherty Memorial last year, Ariana G has won 11 of her 13 starts and has earned $803,967.  Ariana G, who was sent off at 1-9 in her second appearance of 2017, paid $2.20 to win.

The companion event for male trotters saw Long Tom (Tim Tetrick) win in 1:52 2/5 after he showed the way through stations of 27 4/5, 56 2/5, and 1:24 4/5.  He defeated King On The Hill (Jim Marohn Jr.) by just over a length, and favored What The Hill (Dave Miller), who popped out of the pocket at three-quarters but was rebuffed by the eventual winner, a nose behind King On The Hill in third.

"He started hitting his knee after Lexington, and he got a little sore," stated victorious trainer Marcus Melander.  "Then he grew a lot over the winter, and I'm very happy with him."

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 is two-for-two this year and boosted his bankroll to $120,950.  The 8-5 second favorite, Long Tom returned $5.20 to win.

Every Way Out (Tetrick) defended his sire stakes title from 2016 in the colt pace, putting fractions of 28, 55 4/5, and 1:24 3/5 on the board before he cruised home in 27 2/5 to score a 1:52 decision.  He downed Deo Galileo (Miller) by 5 1/4 lengths, with Foundmytreasure (Marohn Jr.) completing the trifecta.

"I'm very happy," said winning trainer Dylan Davis.  "He's staying relaxed, he's minding his manners, and he's doing it the way we want."

An If I Can Dream gelding, Every Way Out is trained by Davis for the ownership group of Howard Taylor, Abraham Basen, Edwin Gold, and Thomas Lazzaro.  Every Way Out now sports a record of 12-0-0 from 15 tries, and he has earned $251,805.  The 1-9 pick of the public, Every Way Out paid $2.10 to win.

Misqued (Steve Smith) bagged the 3-year-old filly pace, getting around heavy favorite Colorful Jasmine (Corey Callahan) from first-over in the lane, then holding off a charging Livinginthedream (Andy Miller) to prevail by a nose in 1:53 3/5.  Wonderful World (McCarthy) was the third-place finisher as Colorful Jasmine faded back to fourth.

"We got her two years ago at Harrisburg," recalled John Balzer, who trains the filly for owner East End Standardbreds.  "I just loved her, and I thought she was going to be the best 2-year-old Jersey-bred that was available that year.  I was thrilled to get her at that price ($12,000).  It's just great."

Misqued, an If I Can Dream filly, picked up her fourth win from ten lifetime attempts, and she has now earned $104,505.  Misqued, who is also eligible to open events like the Mistletoe Shalee and James M. Lynch Memorial, was the 7-2 second choice and paid $9.80 to win.