Leading 3-year-old pacers meet in North America Cup
Campbellville, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Champion colt He's Watching will start from post 7 in Saturday's 31st edition of the $1 million North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. The 10-horse field of 3-year-old pacers will leave the starting gate at approximately 10:14 p.m. ET.
Co-owned and trained by David Menary, He's Watching will be driven by Tim Tetrick and is the 5-1 fourth selection in the field.
"I'm happy with (post) seven," said Menary on Tuesday. "It could have been a lot worse. We'll make the best of it. He can race any way. I don't think anybody is going to wire this field."
The Dan Patch Award winner was second in an elimination race last Saturday behind Tellitlikeitis, this week's 3-1 morning line favorite.
"(In the elim), our colt did a lot of work, a big second quarter, putting up big fractions, they raced the whole way. I think it was the toughest elim," Menary explained. "Last year, he did all he could do, two world records, six track records, every-sized track, every which way. He's just a hulk of a little horse."
He's Watching, 2013 champion 2-year-old male pacer, won all eight starts last year and banked $291,722.
Jimmy Takter trains both Tellitlikeitis and 4-1 third pick Lyonssomewhere. Winners of two of last week's three elimination heats, Tellitlikeitis will be driven by Brett Miller from post 3 and Lyonssomewhere will leave from post 4 with Corey Callahan driving.
"He has wicked speed and he'll take you to where you want to go in the mile," Brett Miller said about Tellitlikeitis."
McWicked, winner of the third elimination race, is the 7-2 second choice and will start from post 2 with David Miller driving. The colt is a five time winner from 14 career starts for earnings of $244,707.
"He was absolutely awesome (in his elim)," said trainer Casie Coleman on Tuesday. "It was the fourth time I've raced him and every time he keeps getting better and better. I've been extremely impressed with him. He came out of the elim great, he's sound, healthy, his blood is perfect. This horse, so far, knock on wood, he's given me no issues.
"It looks like there's a lot of speed in the race. My horse can race either way. I'd prefer him coming off a helmet but he's very versatile."
Here is the full field for the North America Cup in post position order: Beat The Drum, Yannick Gingras, 20-1; McWicked, David Miller, 7-2; Tellitlikeitis, Brett Miller, 3-1; Lyonssomewhere, Corey Callahan, 4-1; Let's Drink On It, Tyler Smith, 6-1; Ideal Cowboy, Scott Zeron, 15-1; He's Watching, Tim Tetrick, 5-1; Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, 12-1; JK Endofanera, Brian Sears, 10-1 and Sometimes Said, John Campbell, 20-1. Jet Airway is the also eligible.
The 2013 race was won by eventual 2013 Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous.
06/11 10:45:58 ET