Blue Chip has announced that it has become partners with Hudson Standardbred Stable (Tony Infilise), Diane Bertrand and Conrad Leber on world champion Sunshine Beach. Now 4 years old, Sunshine Beach took his world record of p,3, 1:47.3f in winning the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine at Pocono in 2013, defeating Captaintreacherous. He was second in the elimination and final of the Breeders Crown.
Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ont., will continue to train and direct Sunshine Beach, a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up (by Artsplace), during the horse's racing career for the group.
Tom Grossman, the owner of Blue Chip, noted that, "We looked at them all, but not since Art Major have I seen a horse at this level with all the other requirements met, AND where there are several very legitimate reasons to believe in genuine improvement from 3 to 4. We are unbelievably excited to go out with our new partners and prove it against any and all competition.”
Infilise, on behalf of Bertrand and Leber, commented, "We are honored to have one of the very best Standardbred farms in the business join our partnership and very much look forward to Sunshine Beach's 2014 racing schedule."
Sunshine Beach will stand at Blue Chip's New York farm for the 2015 breeding season. The partnership, led by Blue Chip, plans to syndicate Sunshine Beach by the end of his 4 year old year.