Day At The Track

Freakish "He’s Watching" another world record

09:06 PM 29 Sep 2013 NZDT
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He's Watching ties world record in 1:52.2
He's Watching ties world record in 1:52.2
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Yonkers, NY – Undefeated He’s Watching not only scored a six and one-quarter length romp in capturing the $225,000 Championship Final of the New York Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colt, but the son of American Ideal also tied the world record for his age and gait on a half mile track at Yonkers Raceway.

Driven by Jim Morrill, Jr., He’s Watching got away on the outside at the start of the one mile race as stablemate, Major Trick (George Brennan) went right to the early lead. But Morrill took no chances and pushed He’s Watching to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28.1.

Once settled in on the lead, He’s Watching then cut the mile to the half in :56.1. In the backstretch Big Boy Dreams and driver John Campbell came first-over but once they passed the three-quarter mile marker in 1:24.1, Morrill seemed to let out a notch for He’s Watching then scooted away from the field with a :27.3 last quarter mile in the stretch and won with ease. Big Boy Dreams was second with Major Trick third.

He’s Watching tied the world record set last week at the Delaware County Fair by On Golden Ponder with his 1:52.2 mile. He’s Watching now holds two world records. Back on August 30 he took his lifetime mark at Vernon Downs in a world mile clocking of 1:50.

Trained by Dave Menary, He’s Watching is co-owned by Menary with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero, all of Ontario. Undefeated in eight starts this year, He’s Watching was a $3,000 yearling purchase and had now amassed $291,722 in purses this year.

“He had more tonight,” Jim Morrill, Jr. said, “We went to the three-quarters in 1:24.1 and I could have let him roll on even faster. He came home in :27 and a piece and I still had him in the grippers. He does not feel small when you are sitting behind him because he is so powerful and fast. He has been such a pleasure to drive.”

The evening featured eight $225,000 NYSS Championship Finals.

The two-year-old trotting colt final saw Flyhawk El Durado ($10.60) lead from start to finish for driver Mark MacDonald and hold on by a neck over the pocket-sitting Credit Fashion (Brian Sears) in 1:58. Cash Me Out (Michael McGivern) was third.

It was the fourth straight win and sixth of the year for the son of Conway Hall. Flyhawk El Durado is trained by Mark Ford and owned by Martin Scharf of Lawrence, NY. He paid $10.60 to win.

Market Rally and driver John Cummings, Jr. overcame a second then first-over trip but was able to nail Maud Blue Chip (Brian Sears) at the wire to win the 2-year-old trotting filly championship by a neck in 1:59.1. Exotic Form (Jason Barlett) was third.

Sired by Cash Hall, it was a lifetime mark for Market Rally, who is trained and co-owned by Megan Wilson of Lancaster, NY with Johnny Yoder of Dundee, Ohio. She paid $10.40 to win.

The pocket-sitting Bettor Business and driver Daniel Dube won the 2-year-old pacing filly final by three-quarters of a length over the pacesetting Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore) in 1:54.2. Ali Blue (Jim Morrill, Jr.) was parked first-over but still held game for third.

Trained by Scott Di Domenico for JFE Enterprises of Emsford, NY and the Triple D Stables of Jamesburg, NJ, it was the maiden victory in nine starts for the filly by Bettor’s Delight. Sent off at odds of 12-1 Bettor Business paid $27.40 to win.

The three-year-old filly trot championship saw Bouncing Bax and driver Jason Bartlett battle early for control of the lead with Barn Babe (John Cummings, Jr.) and Bouncing Bax won the war of nerves as they went on to win by four open lengths in 1:56.2 Royal Malinda (Dan Daley) was second with Alphadoodle (Mark MacDonald) third.

It was the fifth straight win for the daughter of Credit Winner. She is trained by Jim  Raymer for the Harbor Racing Stable of Houston, Texas. It was also a lifetime mark for Bouncing Bax who paid just $2.20 to win.

Crazy About Pat and driver Eric Goodell were very content to sit a two-hole trip and come on late to beat a first-over Tirade Hanover (Jim Morrill, Jr.) by a half length in 1:55 to capture the three-year-old colt trot championship final. The pacesetting E L Rocket (George Brennan) was third.

It was the eighth win this year for Crazy About Pat. The Crazed filly is trained by Noel Daley and was bred and is owned by the Patricia Stable of Massapequa, NY. She paid $8.60 to win.

Social Scene and driver George Brennan raced like they were shot out of the cannon in the three-year-old filly pace final. Coming first-over after the opening quarter, Brennan brushed by leader Summertime Lea (Jim Morrill, Jr.) like they were standing still and opened up by six lengths at the three-quarters and never eased up, winning by six open lengths in 1:53. Cheyenne Miriam (Andy Miller) with Springforth (Larry Stalbaum) third.

It was the seventh win this year for Social Scene, a daughter of American Ideal who is trained by Casie Coleman and is owned by the West Wins Stable, Steve Calhoun and Mac T Nichol, all of Ontario.  Social Scene went off at odds of 4-1 and paid $10.20 to win.

The final NYSS Championship Final for three-year-old pacing colts was won by the largest margin of the night as driver Brian Sears sent Fool Me Once to the top and they just held the field at bay until the three-quarters and scooted home in a romp by eight and one-half lengths in 1:51.2.

No one could stay close as Bettor Than You (Eric Goodell) was second with Framed Art (Mark Macdonald) third. Fool Me Once posted his tenth victory on the year. The son of Art Major is co-owned and trained by Mark Austin with Daniel Smith of Ontario. He paid just $2.20 to win.

By Steve Wolf for

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