Somebeachsomewhere Canada\'s only unanimous winner
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Following a perfect freshman season in 2007 which included a world record and two O’Brien’s, one as co-winner of Canada’s Horse of the Year, \"The Beach\" gave Canadian racing fans lots to cheer about in 2008. The son of Mach Three all but rewrote the history books as he set a seasonal earnings record with more than $2.5 million(C), paced three world record miles and won all but one of his races. He was the sport’s richest and fastest in ‘08, pacing to a 1:46.4 world record effort at The Red Mile in a division of the Bluegrass Stakes.
Owned by the Schooner Stables, a six-member group from
Paul MacDonell, who has been Somebeachsomewhere’s regular reinsman for two seasons, is looking to capture his first O’Brien as
Bob McIntosh, 56, will be looking for his fourth O’Brien Award as
Two colts that exemplified consistency throughout the year earned nominations in the 2-year-old pacing colt category. Nebupanezzar,
St. Lads Popcorn and Arts Star are finalists in the 2-year-old filly pace category. St. Lads Popcorn won 12 of 15 and over $600,000(C) for the Jack Darling Stable. The daughter of Twin B Champ dominated the Ontario Sire Stakes, winning eight events. Arts Star was also a consistent
Chancey Lady, winner of the Fan Hanover, is up against OSS Super Final winner Voelz Hanover in the sophomore pacing filly category. Chancey Lady, won nine races and over $715,000(C) on the year, while Voelz
Secrets Nephew and Tigerama, two of the sport’s iron horses, are up for the title of
In the juvenile trotting filly category, Elusive Desire and Windsongs Soprano are finalists for the O’Brien trophy. Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final winner Elusive Desire had over $395,000(C) in earnings, while Windsong Soprano had $345,000(C) and the Peaceful Way Stakes to her credit.
Encore Encore’s seven wins and $406,000(C) has earned him one of the nominations in the rookie trotting colt category. The homebred son of Broadway Hall is up against the Muscles Yankee colt Federal Flex, a winner of over $560,000(C) and several stakes including the Champlain and Valley Victory.
The Kadabra filly Bella Dolce, a winner of seven races and $431,000(C) in purses including the Canadian Breeders Championships and Simcoe, is up for an O’Brien as
Al Libfeld’s homebred Define The World is up for sophomore trotting honors against Clerk Magistrate. Define The World won 14 races and $751,000(C) with wins in the Simcoe, Canadian Breeders and OSS Super Final. Clerk Magistrate’s victory in the Goodtimes was one of six wins in his $820,000(C) season.
Breeders Crown champion Brigham Dream and Falls For You, winner of the Armbro Flight, are the nominees for
In the Older Trotting Horse category, Arch Madness, winner of the Maple Leaf Trot and over $842,000(C), hopes to pick up his second consecutive O’Brien, this time as
Two outstanding all-around horsemen will compete for the O\'Brien Award of Horsemanship--John Kopas, 52, and Phil Pinkney, who was a finalist in this category last year.
At age 71, Pinkney enjoyed one of his best seasons in training and driving in 2008 and is regarded as one of the best developers of young horses in the Atlantic region. To date this year Pinkney has 26 wins and $135,000(C) as a trainer. As a driver in ’08 Pinkney notched 26 wins, $138,000(C) in purses and a .591 UDR.
The 2008 season was be a career year in the earnings department for trainer John Kopas, who learned horsemanship from his father, Jack. Kopas trained winners of over $1.5 million(C) and made 34 trips to the winner’s circle.
Glengate Farms of
One of the 24 horse nominees will be recognized as