He's Watching fastest in Somebeachsomewhere

10:43 PM 01 Jun 2014 NZST
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He's Watching cruises to a lifetime mark 1:49.3
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JK Endofanera remains unbeaten in 2014 with his third straight win
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Always B Miki scores for driver Corey Callahan
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CAMPBELLVILLE, May 31 - North America's top sophomore pacing colts contested in the final preliminary race before the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup as Mohawk played host to a trio of $75,000 division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes.

In the first split, Pepsi North America Cup eligible JK Endofanera and Brian Sears clicked in 1:50.

Sears and the son of Art Major sat third in the early stages as Luck Be Withyou (Ron Pierce) was first to the quarter in :26.3. As the field of seven headed towards the half, JK Endofanera angled out of third and marched to the front before the mid-way point in :55.

JK Endofanera would continue to lead past three-quarters in 1:23.1 as pocket-sitter Luck Be Withyou angled to the outside.

The pair of sophomores separated themselves from the field with JK Endofanera prevailing in deep stretch to win by one length. Marco De Vie (Randy Waples) finished third.

Trained by Ron Burke for owner 3 Brothers Stables, JK Endofanera celebrated his sixth career tally as his bankroll now sits at $451,057. JK Endofanera captured last year's Governors Cup en route to $363,402 in seasonal earnings. The talented pacer remains a perfect three-for-three to start the season.

His 1:49.4 lifetime best was taken place just two starts ago at Pocono Downs. He paid $2.20 to win.

Heavily-favoured Always B Miki didn't disappoint his backers as the son of Always A Virgin prevailed in 1:50 for driver Corey Callaghan.

Callaghan and Always B Miki laid parked on the outside past the opening station in :27.1, before marching to command. From there, the five-time winner carved out fractions of :55.2 and 1:23.3, before fending off a light challenge from second-choice Mcwicked (David Miller) to score the win. Silverhill Shadow (Jody Jamieson) finished third.

Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Bluewood Stable, Val Dor Farms and Roll The Dice Stable, Always B Miki increased her career earnings to $206,891. The talented sophomore has a 3-1-0 record from five starts this season. He also remains eligible to this year's Pepsi North America Cup.

After tasting defeat for the first time in his career, He's Watching redeemed himself with a 1:49.3 lifetime best.

The talented son of American Ideal led from start-to-finish through panels of 27.2, :55.3 and 1:23, before fending off a challenge from first-over attacker and race favourite Lets Drink On It to win. Melmerby Beach (Paul Macdonell) finished third.

Trained and co-owned by David Menary along with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust, He's Watching increased his bankroll to $329,222. He paid $7.70 to win.

The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations take place next Saturday evening with the $1 million rich final on Saturday, June 14 at Mohawk.

by Greg Gangle, for WEG

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