SBSW equals all-age race mark, new division record
September 27, 2008
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Somebeachsomewhere\'s connections wanted the world record when they aimed for the two-week Grand Circuit stand at The Red Mile and they got it as the 3-year-old son of Mach Three won the second of two $134,000 Bluegrass divisions in 1:46.4, setting a new world record for his division and equaling the all-age race mark set by Holborn Hanover in 2006 at the Meadowlands.
Driven by Paul MacDonell, Somebeachsomewhere left fast from post three to take the lead, reaching the quarter in :26.4. Despite a headwind down the backstretch, SBSW paced a second quarter of :26 flat to reach the haf in :52.4. When the three-quarter timer flashed 1:19.2 the crowd at The Red Mile rose as one with loud applause, which grew as the colt came down the stretch.
Under urging from MacDonell, SBSW hit the wire in 1:46.4, easily defeating runner-up Mystery Chase, with Dali third.
\"(MacDonell) rated him excellent and the horse stepped up and did what he\'s done his whole life,\" said trainer and co-owner Brent MacGrath. \"Now the pressure\'s off.\"
Somebeachsomwhere, who lost a share of his freshman world record earlier in the day at The Red Mile to Sheer Desire, re-took the sophomore world record of 1:47 that was set by Art Official when that one handed SBSW his lone defeaet in 17 career starts. His world-record win Saturday was his 16th and increased his earnings to more than $2.36 million for MacGrath and his partners in the Schooner Stables.
Art Official fought off a determined first-over bid by Share The Delight around the final turn before going on to post a 1:48.3 victory in the first of two $134,000 Bluegrass divisions for 3-year-old colt pacers.
Coming off an elimination victory and then a third-place finish in the decisive second heat in last week\'s Little Brown Jug, Art Official worked his way to the early lead coming out of the first turn by driver Ron Pierce after leaving from post eight. The quarter was reached in :27.2 and the half in :55, when shortly past John Campbell sent Share The Delight to the outside to challenge at the leader.
Art Official and Share The Delight slugged it out side by side through the turn, reaching the three quarters in 1:22. Art Official was able to put away his rival and then hold off the late rally by the Dave Palone-driven Blueridge Western by about two lengths. Lisfinny was third for David Miller with Share The Delight holding on for fourth.
Trainer Joe Seekman said afterward he plans on discussing supplementing Art Official into the Oct. 4 Tattersalls Pace with owners James and Joyce Jesk (Sawgrass Farms). Art Official, who won this year\'s $1.1 million Meadowlands Pace while defeating Somebeachsomewhere in a world-record 1:47, also won the Cane Pace, the first jewel of pacing\'s Triple Crown, but when the colt did not win the Little Brown Jug Seekman said he would likely then pass on racing in the Messenger in lieu of two starts in Lexington.
Overall, Art Official has 12 wins in 19 starts this year with earnings of more than $1.35 million.