09/28/2013 10:56PM

Yonkers: He's Watching steals the show at the NYSS Night Of Champions

Mike Lizzi
He's Watching is now a perfect eight-for-eight.

Yonkers Raceway hosted eight championship races for the top 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters in the state. The races provided many interesting moments, but the star of stars was the undefeated He's Watching.

Rarely does the rookie colt pace get top billing on any Sire Stakes finals night. That was the case on Saturday as He's Watching went to the front and simply widened his margin at will for driver Jim Morrill, Jr.

The race was more about watching the immensely talented $3,000 yearling and seeing what he had to offer. The fractions were honest throughout - 28 1/5, 56 1/5 and 1:24 4/5. On the final turn Morrill said go and the son of American Ideal-Baberhood simply took off to tie the world record for a pacing colt on a half-mile track of 1:52 2/5.

"I raced against the top 2-year-olds up in Canada a month or so ago and I didn't see anyone up there that was better than him," said Morrill on the colt's place in the division. "When I called on him tonight he just exploded."

The victory for He's Watching was his eighth in as many starts for trainer David Menary, who co-owns the colt with Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero.

The Sire Stakes final is expected to be his final start according to the trainer, though he is not willing to put that in stone just yet. He is willing to put his young star up on a pedestal, however.

"I don't think there is another 2-year-old in the country that could eat from the same feed bucket as him," stated Menary boldly.

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The Sire Stakes night began with the 2-year-old colt trotters and breaks by his foes and lack of an early outer flow helped boost Flyhawk El Durado to the winner's circle.

Flyhawk El Durado charged to the lead and rated kind early fractions of 29 2/5 and 1:00 2/5. From there he faced heavy backstretch pressure and a dual challenge from the pocket-sitting Credit Fashion and wide Cash Me Out in the stretch, but that was to no avail. Flyhawk El Durado would dig in for a narrow win in 1:58 for driver Mark MacDonald.

The winner, a son of Conway Hall and El Paso Gal, is trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf.

Market Rally saved her best for last to win the 2-year-old filly trot. The entry of Flyhawk Falina and Exotic Form were in charge for the opening half through fractions of 29 and 59 seconds. That is when Maud Blue Chip came to call with a menacing brush to the front. Driver Brian Sears was in charge after three quarters in 1:29 2/5, but Market Rally loomed a serious threat after following his path.

In the stretch Maud Blue Chip fought bravely but ultimately was worn down by Market Rally and driver John Cummings, Jr. in 1:59 1/5.

"She is starting to peak at the right time," said Cummings, who made sure to point out it was a team effort along with trainer and co-owner Megan Wilson.

Wilson, who shares ownership with Johnny Yoder, said the filly might point to the Breeders Crown if she came out of the race well.

Bouncing Bax made it look easy in the 3-year-old filly trot. After getting looped away from the gate, Bouncing Bax was sent to the front by driver Jason Bartlett. The pair led the way through fractions of 28 4/5, 59 and 1:27 2/5 before drawing clear from the field impressively.

At the wire Bouncing Bax was four lengths clear of her rivals Royal Malinda and Alphadoodle.

"She was very good tonight. She gets around the half very well," said Bartlett, who went out of his way to thank trainer Jim Raymer for the drive.

Bouncing Bax went over the $300k mark in earnings for the year for owner Harbor Racing Stable.

Crazy About Pat proved to be slightly better than Tirade Hanover in the 3-year-old colt trotting division. The former got early position close to the pace and waited for the stretch to pounce on the latter in the stretch.

Crazy About Pat won his final in 1:55 for trainer Noel Daley and owner Patricia Stable.

"He pretty much does it all on his own," said driver Eric Goodell of the colt.

Social Scene came up big in the 3-year-old filly pace. The Casie Coleman trainee was set loose before the half and opened up on her rivals with a powerful burst of speed around the turn.

With three quarters on the board in 1:23 1/5, she was well clear of her competition and coasted to a 1:53 win for West Wins Stable, Steve Calhoun and Mac Nichol.

"She has a really good move and if no one is in her way, there is no one in that division that can stay with her," said driver George Brennan.

The male 3-year-old pacing event went to Fool Me Once in a romp. Driver Brian Sears sent the Mark Austin trainee to the front and he never looked back, stopping the timer in 1:51 3/5.

The son of Art Major has now earned over $600k lifetime for owners Mark Austin Stables and Daniel Smith.

Bettor Business scored the upset in the freshman filly pace. The Scott DiDomenico trainee waited in the pocket and scooted through for the victory in 1:54 2/5 over Sweetnsinful and Ali Blue.

Bettor Business is owned by Jfe Enterprise and Triple D Stables.

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