Having fun with Pace finalist He's Watching
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"You're not going to dominate these horses. There are multiple horses that can go in (1):48 and change, and every horse in every race can go in (1):49. You need to have the speed, you need to race hard and have guts, and maybe have a little bit of luck.”
He's Watching raced solely on the New York Sires Stakes circuit last year, but dominated on his way to the championship for 2-year-old male pacers. He set or equaled two world records as well as track records at five different racetracks and was named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer in the U.S.
In four of his wins, He's Watching was in front from gate to wire. In three other victories, he had the lead by the halfway point. The only time he failed to have the early lead came in his career debut, when he went off stride at the start and spotted the field more than 14 lengths, but still came back to win by three-quarters of a length.
"He's just a good horse,” Menary said. "He's a good horse no matter what track he races at, or what horses he races against. But now he's racing a lot more good horses. Last year in New York, it was pretty much him against the clock. We had to over-race him a little bit to keep him out of trouble and get the job done.”
This year, He's Watching lost his first race of the year, finishing sixth in his elimination for the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway. He bounced back to win a division of the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk before finishing second in his elim for the North America Cup and third in the final.
He won his Meadowlands Pace elim from post nine, sitting fifth through the halfway point before getting to follow Sometimes Said around the final turn and kicking home in :26.4 over the final quarter-mile.
"It's the first time he ever got a trip in his whole life,” Menary said. "He's always been doing all the work or he's been racing against the clock. (In the elimination) Tim did a great job. It's almost like he learned to race a little bit 0and he got a trip and it worked out the way we wanted it to.”