Sunday (August 3) afternoon's second Empire Breeders Classic elimination for New York-sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will shape up to be a clash of the titans, with classic winners He's Watching and JK Endofanera squaring off in the tenth race on the card.
He's Watching, fresh off his 1:46.4 Meadowlands Pace triumph, drew the inside post in the field of seven, and retains the services of driver. The -trained son of missed the board just once in his 14-race career (in his Rooney elimination at Yonkers), but has quickly returned to the form he showed as a two-year-old, where he went undefeated in eight races over his freshman campaign.
The race also drew North America Cup winner JK Endofanera, who lines up from post 3 in rein to. Before a first-over bid in the Meadowlands pace left him fading in the late stages, he rallied well off cover to score a 1:48.4 win in the North America Cup at Mohawk. The -trained son of has proven victorious in five of seven races on the season.
The top four finishers from the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations, in addition to one fifth-place colt and filly, will advance to next week's finals.
In addition toand ; top drivers , , and will participate on the Sunday stakes card at Tioga, competing not only in the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations, but also in the Tompkins-Geers events carded for two-year-old pacers.
Post time for the Sunday program at Tioga Downs is 1:30 p.m. EDT, with a pair of non-wagering Tompkins-Geers events to commence at 1:00 p.m.
by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs