Hall of Fame - He's Watching

p,2,1:50f; 3,1:46.4 Earnings: $1,116,450

H, 2011 By American Ideal-Baberhood, by Real Desire

 

Background & Current Status:

Bred by: Brittany Farms, Bob Burgess & Karin-Olsson Burgess

Sale history: 2012 Harrisburg Yearling ($3,000)

Owned (during his racing career) by: Menary Racing Inc., Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust

Trained by: Dave Menary

Current status: Stallion (Tara Hills Stud)

 

Racing Credentials:

At 2: World Champion on both five-eighths (1:50f) and half-mile (1:52.2h) tracks. Undefeated in eight starts and voted Dan Patch Champion 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year. At 3: Became the co-fastest racehorse in history, with his mile track World Record (1:46.4) taken winning the Meadowlands Pace.

 

Major Stakes Victories:

$776,000 Meadowlands Pace (elim and final, final in World Record time), $255,000 Empire Breeders Classic (elim and final), Somebeachsomewhere, $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Championship, and seven New York Sire Stakes legs.

He’s Watching, diminutive in size but a giant as far as his accomplishments, has been called harness racing’s bargain of the century. The $3,000 yearling earned over a million dollars during his career and became the co-fastest pacer in history (at the time) with his 1:46.4 victory in pacing’s most prestigious 3-year-old event, the Meadowlands Pace.

He was undefeated as a 2-year-old, taking eight consecutive wins in New York Sire Stakes races, including the $225,000 final. Along the way he blazed to world marks over Tioga’s 5/8-mile track and Yonkers’ half-mile oval. His accomplishments led him to the title of 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year.

After placing in the $1,000,000 North America Cup at 3, he made his calling card pacing’s classic event, the Meadowlands Pace. His all-age world record time of 1:46.4 and final quarter of :25.3 in that race made driver Tim Tetrick remark, “My horse really exploded tonight… it was unbelievable. He’s a very special colt, very fast. He’s not big, but he’s mighty!”

Like so many of the great Brittany-bred males, he has moved up to his second career as a sire. Standing at Tara Hills Stud in Canada, his first crop included the winner of the $225,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final for freshman pacing colts, Tattoo Artist.