Somebeachsomewhere

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Somebeachsomewhere (foaled 25 May 2005) is a standardbred racehorse who set the world record for a mile with a time of 1:46.4 and earned $3,221,299. In 2008 Somebeachsomewhere had the highest earnings by pacer in single season of $2.4 million

He was sired by Mach Three, out of Wheres The Beach, a Beach Towel mare. The colt was purchased as a yearling for $40 000, and is currently owned by Schooner Stables of Truro, Nova Scotia.

2 Year Old Campaign[edit]

He began his racing career in the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway, where he went off as a second favorite in the eliminations, and won by a comfortable margin of three lengths. In the $300 000 final of the event, bettors took notice and he won the race as a 4-5 post time favorite.

After proving the colt's ability on the small track, he moved onto the Metro Pace Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack. Somebeachsomewhere was drawn into the same elimination as Dali, the fastest two-year-old colt of the year, up to that point. Somebeachsomewhere was able to hold off race favorite, Dali, and won the race by 312 lengths in 1:52.1. The next week was the $1 million final of the event, which Somebeachsomewhere won as the race favorite, in a world record 1:49.3.

To finish off his two-year-old campaign, Somebeachsomewhere raced in a pair of stakes races at Mohawk, the Champlain Stakes, and the Nasagaweya Stakes, which he won by comfortable margins.

Somebeachsomewhere earned $773 296 in his freshman year, with a perfect record of six wins in six starts.

3 Year Old Campaign[edit]

Somebeachsomewhere qualified on 5 May 2008 and put in an eye-opening mile of 1:51.1 at Mohawk. He was scheduled to make his first start of the season in the first Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Elimination on 17 May. However, an injury result in him being scratched from the race. Two weeks later, when he made his 2008 debut, there was some skepticism about his well-being. He rid any doubts by winning his division of the Burlington Stakes over Cb flight .

Following the Burlington, Somebeachsomewhere began preparing for the $1.5 million North America Cup, Canada's richest harness race. Trainer Brent MacGrath was advised not to train the horse in the week leading up to his elimination, yet he won handily in 1:49.0. Over the next week, trainers and drivers of other horses in the final stated that it was simply a race for second place. Somebeachsomewhere went off as a 2-5 favorite, and won the race by 234 lengths in 1:49.0.

Up next for the star of the sport was the $1 million Meadowlands Pace. Beach drew in to, arguably, the toughest elimination on 12 July, and faced the likes of Badlands Nitro and Art Official. He went off at the 1-5 favorite, and pulled away in the stretch to win the elimination by 412 lengths in a career best 1:48.3. Beach had his first taste of defeat the following week when his driver Paul MacDonell drove him like an absolute clown. Due to the wretched drive, Art Official caught him in the stretch, and beat him by a head, in a world record time of 1:47.0. The race offered incredible fractions of 26.0, 51.4, 1:19.1, and 1:47.0.

Beach raced in a pair of races at Mohawk on 3 August and 10 August, and won both races comfortably, as expected.

He then travelled to Flamboro Downs to compete in the Confederation Cup. It and would be the first time the champion would race in heats. In his heat, he scored the anticipated win in 1:51.3. Beach drew post two for the final, which definitely delighted the connections and the fans. Beach took the early lead and never looked back, going through fractions of 26.1, 55.2, 1:22.4, and 1:49.2, becoming the first three-year-old horse to ever race in under 1:50 on a half mile track.

MacGrath had stated that he wanted to "prep this horse for a world record in Kentucky", and added that Beach will likely not attempt a time trial at The Red Mile, as once believed. On 27 September 2008, Beach tied the all age world record of 1:46.4 at The Red Mile in the Bluegrass.

On 25 October 2008, Beach took the final leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, when he won the Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway in 1:52.1 over Shadow Play.

Beach made his Woodbine debut on 15 November 2008, and put in a phenomenal mile winning the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final by 1134 lengths. The win put him near the $3 million mark in career earnings.

The colt's final race came in the 2008 Breeder's Crown at Meadowlands Racetrack with a win in the $500 000 3-year-old colt and gelding pacing division.

After his strong showing in the Breeder's Crown, MacGrath entered Beach into the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. The race would have marked Beach's first start on a 5/8 mile track. Unfortunately, Beach was scratched from his elimination due to a fever he was suffering from.

Beach ended his racing career with a record of 20-1-0 in 21 career starts, career earnings of $3,221,299, and a mark of 1:46.4.

On 31 January 2009, Somebeachsomewhere was the unanimous winner of the O'Brien Award for top three-year-old pacing colt. He was also named recipient of the prestigious Cam Fella Award as well as named Canadian Horse of the Year. On 4 February 2009, he was the recipient of the Dan Patch Award for U.S. Pacer of the Year and named the first ever Canadian-sired U.S. Horse of the Year.

Somebeachsomewhere was retired to Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania and was bred to 160 mares in 2009. On 12 January 2010 he was selected as Harness Racing's Racehorse Of The Decade encompassing the years 2000 through 2009.[1]

Racelines[edit]

Date Track Race Purse Finish Time Last 1/4 Odds Driver Trainer
29 November 2008 Meadowlands Breeder's Crown F $500 000 1/1T 1:48.3 26.3 *0.20 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
15 November 2008 Woodbine D-OSS-SF $300 000 1/11T 1:50.3 29.3 *0.05 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
25 October 2008 Yonkers Messenger $650 000 1/NK 1:52.1 27.4 *0.30 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
4 October 2008 Red Mile Tattersalls $293 000 1/3H 1:47.4 26.2 *0.05 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
27 September 2008 Red Mile Bluegrass $134 000 1/7H 1:46.4 27.2 *0.05 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
6 September 2008 Mohawk D-Simcoe $132 326 1/1T 1:50.1 29.4 *0.05 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
17 August 2008 Flamboro Confed F $493 000 1/4 1:49.2 26.3 *0.15 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
17 August 2008 Flamboro Confed E $50 000 1/1T 1:51.3 26.4 *0.05 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
10 August 2008 Mohawk D-OSS-GF $180 000 1/4T 1:49.2 27.4 *0.05 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
3 August 2008 Mohawk 3Yr Open $50 000 1/2T 1:49.0 26.3 *0.05 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
19 July 2008 Meadowlands M Pace F $1 100 000 2/NK 1:47.0 27.4 *0.10 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
12 July 2008 Meadowlands M Pace E $50 000 1/4H 1:48.3 26.2 *0.20 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
14 June 2008 Mohawk D-NA Cup F $1 500 000 1/2T 1:49.0 27.0 *0.40 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
7 June 2008 Mohawk D-NA Cup E $50 000 1/2 1:49.0 27.1 *0.30 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
31 May 2008 Mohawk D-Burlington $100 000 1/1H 1:51.3 28.1 *0.25 Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
5 May 2008 Mohawk QUAL $0 1/10T 1:51.1 27.1 NB Paul MacDonell Brent MacGrath
15 September 2007 Mohawk D-Nasagaweya $145 300 1/2 1:51.4 28.2 *0.10 Paul MacDonell Jean Louis Arsenault
8 September 2007 Mohawk D-Champlain $115 884 1/3Q 1:51.0 26.0 *0.05 Paul MacDonell Jean Louis Arsenault
1 September 2007 Mohawk D-Metro $1 000 000 1/2 1:49.3 27.4 *1.75 Paul MacDonell Jean Louis Arsenault
25 August 2007 Mohawk D-Metro E $40 000 1/3H 1:52.1 27.4 5.15 Paul MacDonell Jean Louis Arsenault
6 August 2007 Grand River Battle of Waterloo $300 000 1/2Q 1:55.0 29.0 *0.85 Paul MacDonell Jean Louis Arsenault
30 July 2007 Grand River Battle of Waterloo E $24 000 1/3 1:54.2 28.0 1.60 Paul MacDonell Jean Louis Arsenault
8 July 2007 Truro QUAL $0 1/10 2:00.1 28.2 NB Brent MacGrath Brent MacGrath
1 July 2007 Truro QUAL $0 1/5Q 2:02.1 29.0 NB Brent MacGrath Brent MacGrath
24 June 2007 Truro QUAL $0 1/3Q 2:04.3 30.1 NB Brent MacGrath Brent MacGrath

HD - head; NK - neck; Q - 1/4 length; H - half length; T - 3/4 length

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