Hambletonian Oaks Grand Slam For Takter & Gingras
Aug 5

Ariana G cemented her dominance of the trotting filly division.

The 1-5 favourite Ariana G, with Yannick Gingras driving, cruised to a 4 3/4 length victory over Magic Presto in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, the 12th race on Saturday at the Meadowlands.

Trained by Jimmy Takter, Ariana G was moved to the lead at the half-mile mark at :54.4 and then cruised to victory, the fourth straight time for the team of Takter and Gingras in the Oaks. The mile was time in 1:51.2.

“I was really concerned about Magic Presto and obviously you have to respect the competition,” said Gingras.

“When she got away on the first turn I really didn’t want to be first-over that long of the way, so I decided to do whatever I needed to do to get her to the front. It wasn’t the best move I think, but she is just a great horse and a great horse can overcome anything.”

Ariana G’s full sister, All The Time, won the Oaks last year with a time of 1:52.1.

The 2016 Dan Patch Award winner as Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, she has won 15-of-18 lifetime starts and this year has clocked sub 1:52 on four separate occasions.

Takter notched his seventh Oaks title overall, which makes him the winningest trainer in the race's history.

“She did a tremendous mile. It was a tough opening, because she cut all the way to the front due to the high pace,” said Takter. “She is just in a class of her own.”

Ariana G - Lisa Photo

Ariana G paid a modest $2.40, $2.10, and $2.10. Magic Presto, with Brian Sears, finished second paying $3.00 and $2.40, and Dream Together, with Daniel Dube, finished third paying $2.60. Dream Baby Dream finished fourth.



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