After finishing third last week as the favorite in his elimination division, JK Endofanera was ignored by harness racing bettors in the $1 million North America Cup Final at Mohawk Raceway Saturday and the 12-1 long shot proved them all wrong as he upset the field.
It took a lifetime mark of 1:48.4 for the three-year-old pacing colt by Art Major, who rallied from fifth place at the top of the stretch for driver Brian Sears to post a one and one-half length triumph over Tellitlikeitis and He’s Watching.
The tenth race feature began with the fastest opening quarter mile in the stakes history. Lyonssomewhere (Corey Callahan) was first on the lead with Luck Be With You (Ron Pierce) going to the quarter in a blazing :25.1.
The action continued as Tellitlikeitis and driver Brett Miller charged to the front and then He’s Watching and driver Tim Tetrick were also in high gear and they were able to clear to the lead by the half mile marker in :53.2.
He’s Watching seemed to hold the field at bay in the backstretch as McWicked (David Miller) started coming first-over and trying to follow his cover was JK Endofanera with Brian Sears.
Past the three-quarters in 1:20.3, He’s Watching looked strong on the front end but as the field turned for home both Tellitlikeitis and then JK Endofanera started to close the gap and JK Endofanera had the most speed, coming on at the finish to win by one and one-quarter lengths.
“My colt was not really aggressive in the beginning,” said Brian Sears, “But when I called on him he showed up. He was one of the top colts going into the North America Cup, but it is a week to week thing. When you throw in a bad one (finishing third last week) they forget about you. It was pretty sweet tonight.”
Sears had won the North American Cup back in 2005 with RocknRoll Hanover.
Trained by Ron Burke and owned and bred by the 3 Brothers Stable of New York, it was the fourth win in five starts this year for JK Endofanera and his eighth win in eleven lifetime starts. He paid $26.30 to win and now sports career earnings of $957,057.
By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com