He's Watching watched and waited for a straight shot to the finish line as he won the $776,000 Meadowlands Pace on Saturday (July 12) at Meadowlands Racetrack in an all-age world record-equaling 1:46.4. Somebeachsomewhere, Holborn Hanover and Warrawee Needy had previously won in 1:46.4.
Total handle for the 13-race program was $4,288,237, compared to the $4,311,546 wagered on the 14-race card in 2013. By comparison, handle through 13 races last year was $4,096,588.
As for the track's signature race, He's Watching was content to take a back seat in fifth to early leader Lyonssomewhere (Yannick Gingras),who led the field to the :25.3 quarter, with Luck Be Withyou (Ron Pierce)pacing along in second and JK Endofanera third along the rail. Those two held those positions to the :53.2 half when JK Endofanera came off the rail, attempting to improve his position and pressuring the leader around the turn. He's Watching, with Tim Tetrick driving,was behind JK Endofanera second-over. It looked like Lyonssomewhere and Gingras might bottom out the field at the 1:20.3 three quarters, but horses were soon coming from everywhere.
From the huddle of horses trailing Lyonssomewhere came He's Watching.Behind him and even wider were Always B Miki (David Miller)and Tellitlikeitis (Brett Miller). Those two battled down the stretch and only Always B Miki's nose was ahead as he got second and Tellitlikeitis third. Lyonssomewhere was fourth and Jet Airway (Marcus Miller) fifth.
Bred by Brittany Farms and Bob Burgess and Karin Olssson-Burgess, He's Watching was a $3,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase as a yearling. He's owned by Menary Racing, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust.
"That's the exact trip I thought he was going to get,” said Menary. "I didn't give Tim any instructions, but the horses I thought were going to blast, blasted, and I was hoping we'd get a second-over trip behind JK. I did my job all week and Tim did his job and it's working out well.
"He's versatile. He likes it on the front, but when horses come at him, he picks up the bit, but he can explode off a helmet, too. He started his career spotting the field and swooping the field from last on a half. He can race on any size track. He can do it from anywhere and he likes to do it fast.
"Tim said he had more in the tank. I think we will give him some time off and point him toward the Empire at Tioga.”
"He's a great horse,” said Tetrick, who snaggedhis fourth Meadowlands Pace victory. "I'm lucky to pick up a drive like this in this big race and it's just an honor to get to drive in a big race like this. I couldn't ask for a better trip. I was second-over and the other horse went on and it worked out great. My horse really exploded and he paced all the way to the wire. It was unbelievable. He's a very special colt; he's very fast. He's not big, but he's mighty."--(harnessacing.com & Ellen Harvey/Harness Racing Communications