08/10/2014 5:13PM

Tioga: He's Watching dominates in Empire Breeders Classic Final

Fred Brown
He's Watching and Tim Tetrick sprinted home effortlessly.

Tim Tetrick wasn’t looking to trip out with He’s Watching on Sunday afternoon. Instead the driver took matters into his own hands and He’s Watching proved a dominant force capturing the $255,525 Empire Breeders Classic three-year-old colt pace at Tioga Downs in 1:49 1/5.

With arch-rival JK Endofanera leaving hard from post eight Tetrick squeezed He’s Watching in between forcing his rival three wide and getting to the front midway through the first turn with JK Endofanera settling for the pocket trip ahead of the quick-leaving Twin B Speedo.

He’s Watching cut the opening quarter in :27 1/5 and then patiently backed the half to :55 4/5. That was the only breather that was necessary as He’s Watching picked up the pace and the eight rivals watched in awe.

A :53 2/5 final half put He’s Watching well clear of runner-up JK Endofanera with Twin B Speedo settling for third. The winner returned $2.50 as the prohibitive public choice.

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“Everything worked out perfect,” said Tetrick following the race, “I saw Brian (Sears driving JK Endofanera) leaving out and I wanted to put him in a spot.”

That spot was chasing a colt that won for the fourth straight time and looks quite imposing in the three-year-old glamour division.

“He seems to like this track,” said Dave Menary, co-owner and winning trainer. The group will put up a $35,000 supplemental fee to enter the first leg of pacing’s Triple Crown, the Cane Pace. Eliminations are slated for August 24 with the final on September 1.

Tetrick also revealed that He’s Watching raced with earplugs that were never pulled.

Precocious Beauty regained a position of dominance at least in New York after scoring an impressive 1:51 1/5 victory in the $244,875 Empire Breeders Classic for three-year-old filly pacers.

Last year’s dominant juvenile filly had only one victory in five starts to her credit before capturing last week’s elimination heat at Tioga. Doug McNair reunited with the filly on Sunday and carved out a winning first over trip wearing down pacesetter Delightful Dragon off the final turn and drawing clear of favorite Major Dancer.

“First up was good since you get to rate your own mile,” said McNair following the race.

Indeed first up was superb for the daughter of Art Major, now a winner 10 times during her career for owner-breeder James Avritt Sr.

Sent off as the 4-1 third choice Precocious Beauty defeated Major Dancer with Blush Hanover elevated to third following the disqualification of pacesetter Delightful Dragon due to a pylon infraction.

“She’s been battling sickness troubles all year,” said McNair of Precocious Beauty. “She raced great at the Meadowlands but had bad posts both times.”

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