Long Tom, Every Way Out, Misqued also win $100,000 Finals
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (June 2, 2017) – After winning an unprecedented three
straight Hambletonian Oaks, how could Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter
possibly top it? Her name is Ariana G.
The 3-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill might be even better than those three
fillies after she left jaws dropped with a 1:51.1 stroll in the $100,000 New
Jersey Sire Stakes Final on Friday night at the Meadowlands.
Long Tom, Every Way Out, and Misqued also won their $100,000 Sire Stakes finals
on a warm, late spring evening.
Yannick Gingras moved Ariana G to the lead past an opening quarter mile in
:27.3. From there, Gingras was just a passenger through a Sire Stakes record final
time that was just 2/5 of a second off the track record.
She's coming back scary good," said Takter in the winner's circle after
the race. "We still have 60 days to Hambletonian Day. Yannick said if he
let her go she would have gone 49. Hopefully I haven't peaked her too soon. I
would say at this point, she could be the most talented one I have
Two races later, Long Tom officially threw his hat into the Hambletonian
picture with an impressive front-end score in 1:52.2 to win the $100,000 trotting
colts division. King On The Hill won the place photo over 3/5 favorite What The
Long Tom was a stakes winner last year at Lexington and is now 2-for-2 as a
sophomore. With stablemate Enterprise, who is 3-for-3 in 2017, 25-year-old
trainer Marcus Melander has a potent 1-2 punch on the road to the first
Saturday in August.
"Long Tom got sore after Lexington last year and then grew a lot over the
winter," explained Melander, whose uncle Stefan won the Hambletonian in
2001 with Scarlet Knight. "I was only nine years old when Scarlet Knight
won so I don't remember much, but hopefully I can get another Hambletonian for
Every Way Out completed his sweep of the pacing colts division with a
five-length win in 1:52. The If I Can Dream gelding paid $2.10 for the third
straight week. Tim Tetrick, who won four of the night's 11 races, piloted the
winner for trainer Dylan Davis.
The only Sire Stakes upset came in the 3-year-old pacing filly division when
1/5 favorite Colorful Jasmine faded to finish fourth while 7/2 second choice
Misqued held off the late charge of Livinginthedream. Misqued was driven by
Steve Smith for trainer John Balzer.
Total handle on the 11-race card was $2,420.245. Racing resumes Saturday night.
Post time is 7:15 p.m.
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