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JK ENDOFANERA & HE’S WATCHING WIN MEADOWLANDS PACE ELIMS

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – July 5, 2014 -- JK Endofanera will be the 2-1 morning line favorite for the $776,000 Meadowlands Pace with He’s Watching a close 5-2 second choice.

The two colts won their respective $50,000 Meadowlands Pace eliminations on Saturday night, July 5, 2014, setting the stage for a showdown on July 12 at the Meadowlands.

The top five finishers in each elimination advanced to final of the track’s signature event for three-year-old pacers.

JK Endofanera, the 2-5 favorite, won the first elimination, the sixth race, in a career-best 1:48.2, fending off Doo Wop Hanover rounding the final turn and a pair of stretch challengers as Lyonssomewhere tried to squeeze up the pylons while to his right, Always B Miki came charging down the center of the track.


JK Endofanera


The winner of five of six starts this year, including the North America Cup, JK Endofanera [$2.80] dug in to hold off Always B Miki by a neck with Lyonssomewhere third by three-quarters of a length.

Brian Sears handled the Ron Burke trainee for owner-breeder 3 Brothers of New York City.

“It’s a pretty good bunch of colts, and they were going to race me,” Sears said. “My horse raced game and was good to the wire.”

Doo Wop Hanover and National Debt also advanced to the final.

In the seventh race, He’s Watching won the faster elimination in 1:48.1, also a lifetime best.


He's Watching


Last year’s Dan Patch champion, who was eight for eight in 2013, He’s Watching has come back strong this season with two wins in five starts for Menary Racing, Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and the Muscara Racing Trust.

Overcoming post nine, Tim Tetrick maneuvered He’s Watching into a perfect second-over trip. They rallied to reel in 17-1 long shot Sometimes Said by two and three-quarter lengths.

“He’s very fast and he’s smart,” said Tetrick who drove for the colt for the second time. “He likes to win. I was just trying to put him in play and work out that kind of a trip.”

Luck Be Withyou was third three lengths.

Jet Airway and Tellitlikeitis also qualified for the final.

The connections of elimination winners won the right to select their posts in the final.

JK Endofanera won the coin flip and will start from post two. He’s Watching will leave from post three.

The field for the Meadowlands Pace in post position order with morning line:
1 National Debt 50-1
2 JK Endofanera 2-1
3 He’s Watching 5-2
4 Tellitlikeitis 12-1
5 Luck Be Withyou 6-1
6 Lyonssomewhere 8-1
7 Jet Airway 15-1
8 Sometimes Said 15-1
9 Always B Miki 4-1
10 Doo Wop Hanover 30-1

The co-featured inaugural $484,850 Hambletonian Maturity with 14 four-year-old trotters going 1 1-8 miles went to Your So Vain in an upset of defending Horse of the Year Bee A Magician.


Your So Vain


Your So Vain [$16.60] was gunned to the front with a three-wide move on the backstretch by driver-trainer Ake Svanstedt, prevailing by a two and three-quarter lengths over Bee A Magician].

Your So Vain had not raced since November and was debuting for the Svanstedt barn.

The time was 2:05.3 for the nine furlongs.

Bee A Magician, was shuffled far back in the early stages, kicked in strongly to get second. Flanagan Memory was third by three lengths.

Sandbetweenurtoes [$5] improved to five-for-five in 2014 with her win the $25,000 Mistletoe Shalee elimination. She won in a career best 1:49.1 with Brett Miller driving for trainer Larry Remmen.


Sandbetweenurtoes


The first seven finishers in the elimination advanced to the final, with Precocious Beauty, Allstar Rating, Table Talk, Act Now, Gallie Bythe Beach and My Lady Day joining Sandbetweenurtoes.

Uffizi Hanover, Weeper and Rock N Roll Xample had byes into the $212,150 Mistletoe Shalee Final for three-year-old pacing fillies next Saturday.

The field was also drawn for the William R. Haughton Memorial Final for free for all pacers.

The lineup, in post position order:
1 Thinking Out Loud
2 Captaintreacherous
3 Sweet Lou
4 State Treasurer
5 Captive Audience
6 Bettor’s Edge
7 Bolt The Duer
8 Sunshine Beach
9 Clear Vision
10 Foiled Again

The card also featured a trio of New Jersey Sire Stakes for freshman pacers.

Stacia Hanover kept her perfect record intact with a 1:54.1 victory in the $50,000 second leg of the New Jersey Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies, the fifth race.


Stacia Hanover [Chris Tully for Lisa Photo]


The daughter of Western Ideal is now two-for-two for Ohioans David Van Dusen and Michael Cimaglio.

Scott Zeron was at the lines for trainer Steve Elliott as Stacia Hanover finished a length and a half ahead of Wicked Little Minx [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was two and a half lengths to Ideal Nuggets [Western Ideal] in third.

Stacia Hanover paid $4.40 to win.

In the third race, Zeron was also the winning driver of the first of two $26,500 New Jersey Sire Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings when he guided Artspeak [Western Ideal] to a two and a quarter length tally over Too Darn Hot [Rocknroll Hanover] in 1:53.3, with a final quarter of 26.3 seconds. Western Pioneer [Western Ideal] hung on for third by three and a quarter lengths.

The Tony Alagna trained Artspeak races for Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. He paid $7.20 to win as part of an entry with Bruce’s Magic.

Unbeaten Dealt A Winner [Cam’s Card Shark] posted his second win in the 12th race, the $26,500 second division of the New Jersey Sire stakes, pacing the mile in 1:53.4.


Dealt A Winner


Trained by Ed Hart and owned by Jeffrey Snyder, Dealt A Winner scored a three-quarter length tally over Hurrikane Ali [Rocknroll Hanover]. Ticket TO Roll [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by two and a half lengths.

David Miller, who will be inducted Sunday into the Hall of Fame, was the driver of Dealt A Winner.

-Courtesy of the Meadowlands
Photos by Lisa Photo

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