JK Endofanera showed that he is ready to take on all comers for the 2014 harness racing season as the three-year-old son of Art Major scored an impressive first-over victory in capturing the $47,253 John Simpson Memorial Pace at the Meadowlands Saturday in 1:49.4.
Driven by Yannick Gingras, JK Endofanera got away in fifth place at the start of the Grand Circuit event as Allstar Partner and driver Corey Callahan left from post eight and was to take the lead away from Ideal Cowboy (Tim Tetrick) before the opening quarter in :26.3.
It was not until the half mile marker was passed in :55 that Gingras moved JK Endofanera first-over to challenge the race leaders and by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2 JK Endofanera had nearly collared pacesetter Allstar Partner as they kept chewing up ground despite being parked first-over.
As they came down the stretch, Gingras asked JK Endofanera for another gear and the colt responded, pacing the final quarter mile in :26.2 to hold off a late charging Jet Airway (Scott Zeron) to win by three-quarters of a length with Ideal Cowboy third.
While JK Endofanera won four of seven starts last year and $371,000 for the 3 Brothers Stables of New York and trainer Ron Burke, his record time was 1:51.4. Now, in just his first start of the year, JK Endofanera has already lowered that record by two full seconds at 1:49.4. Sent off as the betting favorite, JK Endofanera returned $3.80 to win.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com