Dan Patch Award winner to qualify Friday

02:20 PM 02 May 2014 NZST
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He's Watching
He's Watching seen here at David Menary's barn

TORONTO, April 30 - He's Watching, last year's Dan Patch Award winner, will make his harness racing debut in 2014 on Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack in a qualifying session.

The son of American Ideal, who remains a top candidate for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on June 14 at the Campbellville oval, went undefeated last season in eight starts and set two world records and six track records for trainer and co-owner David Menary.

"We're super excited to start the season," Menary said. "He's had a great winter and come back very strong. We're just hoping for good weather on Friday. We'll qualify him twice and go from there."

Just a mere $3,000 yearling purchase, Hes Watching earned $291,722 last year along with a 1:50 speed badge.

He is also owned by Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust.

He's Watching will begin from post four in the sixth qualifier.

Menary also confirmed that stable mate Major Trick will also line up behind the gate on Friday morning.

A three-year-old son of Art Major amassed a 3-2-1 record from nine starts last season and $122,221 for owner/breeder Brad Gray.

Major Trick will begin in the third qualifier from post seven.

Jim Morrill, Jr. is listed to drive both pacers.

Also scheduled to qualify on Friday morning are a pair of O'Brien Award winners from last year, Flanagan Memory (Race 2) and Riveting Rosie (Race 7), who will qualify for a second straight week.

Trainer Casie Coleman has returned to Canada from wintering in Florida and will send out a pair of standouts from last year, Lucan Hanover (Race 5) and Social Scene (Race 1).

Tony O'Sullivan will once again send out sophomore pacer Shes Da Bomb behind the starting gate in the eighth qualifier.

Nine qualifiers will take place, beginning at 10 a.m.

Greg Gangle, for WEG

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