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Somebeachsomehwere heads list for pacing classic

March 24, 2008

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Undefeated two-year-old pacing champion Somebeachsomewhere is the early favorite to win the 63rd Little Brown Jug. The $600,000-est. Jug Classic will be raced Thursday afternoon, September 18th at the Delaware, OH County Fairgrounds.

Breeders Crown champion and leading money winning two-year-old pacer Santanna Blue Chip is also among the 144 colts and geldings who are eligible to the Jug, second jewel in Pacing’s Triple Crown.

Among the 144 Little Brown Jug eligibles are seven of the eight leading juvenile money winners of 2007. Also, the top eight 3 year old pacers listed on Stan Bergstein’s 44th annual Experimental Championship Ratings are eligible to the Little Brown Jug.

Somebeachsomewhere is owned by the Schooner Stables of Nova Scotia, a group of six people who purchased the colt for $40,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in 2006. The son of Mach Three was unbeaten in nine starts, including three qualifying victories, and earned $773,296. He never raced outside of Canada. Among his wins was a World Record 1:49.3 performance in the $950,000 Metro Pace Final at Mohawk Raceway. He is trained by Jean Arsenault and was driven in his six stakes victories by Paul MacDonnell. Soomebeachsomewhere was named for Blake Shelton’s hit country song.

Santanna Blue Chip is from the first crop by Art Major and is owned by the father-son team of trainer Carl Jamieson and driver Jody Jamieson, assistant trainer Jeff Gillis and the George Arthur Stable. Santanna Blue Chip won the $650,000 Breeders Crown by a nose over Sand Shooter and stablemate Robert’s Rage in a career-best 1:51.3. Santanna topped all two-year-old pacers in earnings with $931,223. Santanna Blue Chip also won the $760,968 Governor’s Cup Final over Robert’s Rage at Woodbine and finished second to Somebeachsomewhere in the voting for “Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer of the Year.”

Another highly rated Jug eligible is Sand Shooter who won divisions of the International Stallion Stakes and Bluegrass at Lexington’s Red Mile, captured the elimination of the Breeders Crown and finished second to Santanna Blue Chip in the Final.

Dali, ranked No. 5 on the Experimental, won the Niatross, Woodrow Wilson and a division of the International Stallion Stakes. Lis Deo, second in the Experimental Ratings, is a half-brother to the older champion Lis Mara and showed his breeding with victories in the Review and the Nassagaweya.


Don’t overlook Robert’s Rage, the son of Artsplace, who won a division of the Champlain at Mohawk and finished second and third behind stablemate Santanna Blue Chip in the Governor’s Cup Final and Breeders Crown Final.

The Little Brown Jug is the second leg of Pacing’s Triple Crown. The first leg is the Cane Pace scheduled for September 1 at Freehold. If a horse wins the Cane Pace, but is not eligible to the Jug, his owner(s) may pay a $45,000 supplemental starting fee to enter the Jug. Yonkers Raceway will play host to the third leg, the Messenger Pace, on October 25.


Statistics For Leading Jug Contenders


Name                                Sts     1        2        3        Earnings        Record
Santanna Blue Chip             11      5        4        2        $931,223       1:51.3
Somebeachsomewhere        6        6        0        0        773,296         1:49.3
Deuce Seelster                   12      9        2        0        639,341         1:52
Dali                                   10      5        3        0        457,765         1:50.2
Roberts Rage                     11      3        5        2        442,512         1:52.2
Moon Beam                        6        4        2        0        407,650         1:52.2
Sand Shooter                     14      5        3        2        329,645         1:51
Warning Zone                    9        6        1        1        198,942         1:51.2
MCA                                 13      6        4        0        170,141         1:52
Blueridge Western               13      7        2        2        166,036         1:51.3
Genuwine                          13      7        3        2        164,759         1:50.2
Duneside Beach                  4        3        0        0        160,325         1:50.2
Badlands Nitro                    8        6        1        0        145,904         1:51.1
Share The Delight               9        5        1        0        139,441         1:54
Idle Hour                           9        5        1        2        119,090         1:52.2
Lis Deo                             5        4        0        0        97,643          1:50.2


Little Brown Jug Eligibles


AIDEN\'S ARTIST                     GENESIS SHOWTIME               REAL TOUGH
ART SIMPSON                         GENUWINE                             RICHMOND HANOVER
ARTEROSA                              GIDDY UP LUCKY                   RIGHT TO THE TOP
ARTIC STRETCH                      GODDESS\'S JUSTIN               ROBERTS RAGE
ARTIST CAFÉ                          HANDSOME PRINCE                ROBERTTHEBRUCE
ATOCHIA                                HEY MISTER DJ                      ROCK N ROLL PAN
BADDICK HANOVER                 HOLY MOLY MAN                    ROMANTIC THRILLER
BADLANDS JADEN                   IDLE HOUR                            RUDY REDNOSE
BADLANDS NITRO                   INCREDIBLE MATT                 RUSTY TANK
BEEEYOUUUUUU                      ITS THAT TIME                      SAND SHOOTER
BETTOR SWEET                       JO PA\'S WILD CARD              SANTANA BLUE CHIP
BLUERIDGE HALL                     JOHNNY DRAMA                    SCAPE GHOST
BORN WITH CLASS                  KG COMET                            SHADOW PLAY
BRADLEY SCOTT                     KG DUKE                               SHARE THE DELIGHT
BROTHER RAY                         KING OF KINGS                     SMOKEN CAMBEST
CALL ME COWBOY                  KOUTY                                   SOLAR POWERED
CELEBRITY IDEAL                   LAGUNA BEACH                      SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE
CHARISMATIC                        LEGACY N DIAMONDS             SOUTH OF FRANCE
COSTA RICA KID                    LENNON BLUE CHIP                SOUTHWIND TYRANT
CRY FOR CASH                       LIFETIME LOUIE                      SPACE WALK
DALEY DEPOSIT ONLY             LISDEO                                  STAR ARTIST
DALI                                      LISFINNY                                STONEBRIDGE MAGNUM
DAYS DESIRE                         LONESTAR LEGEND                 STRETCH ARTIST
DESERT SKY                           M C A                                    STRUNG OUT
DEUCE SEELSTER                    MAJOR DUKE                          SWINGBATTERBATTER
DOUBLE IT UP                          MAJOR INFERNO                     THE ICEMAN CAME
DOUGS FAME                           MOON BEAM                           TIZ A MASTERPIECE
DRAFT HANOVER                     MY WAGON\'S DRAGON             TOUCH AND GO
DRAGOON K                            MYSTERY CHASE                     TRADE EDITOR
DREAM POLICE                        NIGHT TROUBLE                      TRUPONDER
DREAMLANDS ESCAPE             NO GAIN                                 TSM GOLDENRIDGE
DREAMS ARE REAL                  NO REAL ARTIST                      UP FRONT PALONE
DYMOND JOE MINDALE            OAKS HANOVER                        VARESE HANOVER
EAGLE JACOB                         OFF PAROLE                              VICTORY CREED
EAGLE MCNAIR                       ON THE BRINK                          VILLAGE MASCOT
ELECTRIC MOVES                   OUR IAN                                   WARNING ZONE
F B100T CRUISER                   PAPA HEMINGWAY                     WEEKEND GAMBLER
FORMAL AFFAIR                      PERSEUS                                  WESTERN TRADEMARK
FOUR STARZ MOXIE                PRINTING A PLACE                    WHAT CAME FIRST
FRANKYLUVSMEATBALS           PRO ART                                   WON MORE GRIN
GENERAL MCARDLE                 RAPS BIG BOY                          YANKEE ROCKETEER

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