10/07/2016 3:10PM

Red Mile: Ariana G rebounds after first career defeat with a new lifetime mark

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Derick Giwner
Trainer Jimmy Takter described Ariana G as "scary" after her win Friday at The Red Mile

Four $63,750 International Stallion Series events for 2-year-old filly trotters headlined the Friday afternoon card at The Red Mile, and Ariana G bounced back from her first career defeat last time out at Hoosier Park to a 1:51 4/5 victory.

Driven by Yannick Gingras, Ariana G was a bit wide on the first turn, but settled in fourth while Cool Cates (Andrew McCarthy) went to the top and chopped out the 27 4/5 opening quarter.  Cool Cates still led at the 55 4/5 half, but Ariana G had begun a first-over move, and she would clear past that marker.  Ariana G would go on to hit three-quarters in 1:24 2/5, then kicked home 27 2/5 to win by a length and a half over Chezatter (David Miller).  Evelyn (Ake Svanstedt) finished third.

"That was very impressive.  This filly is scary.  Yannick said, 'I shut her down the whole stretch,'" winning trainer Jimmy Takter said.  "If he would have let her go a little bit through the turn and picked up the gear for a record, he said she would have trotted way under 1:51 anyway."

Takter trains Ariana G, a daughter of Muscle Hill, for owners/breeders Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz.  Ariana G, who has earned $438,967 to go with a record of eight wins from nine starts, is out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All ($286,412), making her a full sister to this year's Hambletonian Oaks champion All The Time ($827,616).  The 1-5 favorite, Ariana G returned $2.40 to win.

Back in the first division, Treviso (trainer-driver Charlie Norris) made it two wins in two Grand Circuit starts at The Red Mile.  She tracked Hillarmbro (Trond Smedshammer) from the pocket into the stretch, then was up in the final strides to win by a neck in 1:53 3/5.  Race favorite Thats All Moni (Tim Tetrick) came in third.

"We were trotting pretty fast, but she was relaxed," said Norris, who noted that Treviso will be heading to the Breeders Crown.  "Most of them are relaxed going that fast.  Last week she was a little grabby, but today she was two fingers, and that was good. 

"Trond's filly hung tough on me, both of those fillies are nice fillies.  You can't take anything away from his."

The daughter of Muscle Massive is owned by Klis Brothers Stable and Carrie Norris, who purchased her at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $15,000.  She has now won five times from nine starts, and the winner's share of the purse sent her earnings to $144,569.  She's the first foal out of Valbonela, a full sister to Val Taurus ($362,444) and a half-sister to Valdonna (Andover Hall, $256,002).  Treviso was the 3-1 third choice, and she paid $8.20 to win.

The biggest upset of the day came in the third flight when 14-1 shot Temple Ruins (Brian Sears) found a seam up the inside in the stretch to get up and defeat Feed Your Head (Gingras) by a head in 1:54 4/5.  Overdraft Volo (Andy Miller) was third, less than a length back.

"Last week (fourth-place finish in a Bluegrass division) she still had a lot of trot finishing, but she really doesn't have that really high speed that a lot of these do have around here," stated Sears.  "She definitely keeps going, doesn't really get that tired.

"She had a little trot, and I was gaining some ground if I had room.  It was pretty tight at the wire, but I was happy to see us come up the winner."

Ron Burke trains Temple Ruins, a filly by Donato Hanover, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Michelle Yanek, Paul Treiber, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  Temple Ruins is now a three-time winner from ten efforts, and she has put away $176,885.  Temple Ruins, a $30,000 buy at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is the third foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Temple Of Heaven, a half-sister to Temple Of Doom (Yankee Glide, $745,917) and Jimmy Shin (Self Possessed, $420,882).  Temple Ruins returned $30.60 to win.

Ice Attraction was the final winner of the day for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt.  She moved from second to first just past the 28 4/5 opening quarter, and after racing through a 56 3/5 half and a 1:25 three-quarters, a 28 3/5 final kicker was enough to get her the victory by half a length in 1:53 3/5.  Broadway Idole (David Miller) rallied off a second-over trip to finish in the runner-up spot, and Myammie Drama (Tim Tetrick) collected third.

"A lot of Svanstedt's horses got sick, including this one," said winning co-owner Jeff Gural.  "We had hoped to race last week, but we were out 31 days, so we had to qualify.  I was really anxious to see her race because I saw her baby race, and I thought she was a good filly, but then she got sick.  I was kind of disappointed, but it looks like Ake's got her on the right track."

Ice Attraction, a daughter of Muscle Hill, is co-owned by Svanstedt, Gural's Little E LLC., Douglas Sipple, and Mal & Janet Burroughs LLC.  She now has a trio of victories from seven trips behind the gate, and she has banked $35,300.  A $65,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy, Ice Attraction is the third foal out of The Ice Queen (Conway Hall), a half-sister to Southwind Serena (Varenne, $385,088 - dam of Mission Brief and Lexington Selected Yearling Sale topper Tactical Landing) and Southwind Spirit (Muscle Hill, $377,495).  Ice Attraction, the 2-1 choice, paid $6.40 to win.