He's Watching romps by 14 in quailfier

04:55 AM 17 May 2014 NZST
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He's Watching in prior win
Photo by Mike Lizzi

Just one day after it was announced that He's Watching will make his seasonal pari-mutuel debut at Yonkers Raceway, the American Ideal colt paced his second consecutive qualifying mile Friday, May 16 at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont.

Rated as the 5-1 favourite in Trot Magazine’s 2014 Pepsi North America Cup Spring Book, He's Watching was facing two other ‘Cup’ eligibles in his qualifier, which was carded as Race 9 on the 11-dash docket. The presiding ORC judges allowed a one-second variant in time.

He's Watching, trained by David Menary, started from Post 2 with new driver Jody Jamieson at his lines. The pair left hard off the gate and was first to every call (:28.2, :56.4, 1:24.4). After being up by eight lengths at the head of the lane, He's Watching went on to record a 14-and-a-quarter-length victory in 1:52.1 off a :27.2 final panel. Fellow Cup eligibles Three Of Clubs (25-1 in Spring Book) and Boomboom Ballykeel (13-1 in Spring Book) finished second and third, respectively. Three Of Clubs is trained by Gregg McNair and driven by Doug McNair, while Boomboom Ballykeel is trained by Richard Moreau and driven by Sylvain Filion.

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