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Somebeachsomewhere dominates in final start on Canadian soil

November 15, 2008

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Pacing superstar, Somebeachsomewhere, delivered his trademark devastating performance, and then some, Saturday night at Woodbine, in the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final for three-year-old colt pacers. No other entry in the eight-horse field could come close to touching Paul MacDonell and The Beach, who paced their own race from wire to wire, setting fractions of :27.0, :54.2, and 1:21.0 on a track rated three seconds off. They crossed the wire to deafening cheers, 11 3/4 lengths ahead of his nearest rival, Keystone Horatio (Randy Waples), in 1:50.3.

Trade Editor and Jody Jamieson were a distant third as the rain that had been falling all evening turned to flurries.

A minus show pool of $31,772 was generated from a total of $159,113, some $150,000 of which was bet on the burly son of Mach Three. He paid $2.10 across the board.

This was Somebeachsomewhere’s final start on Canadian soil, and pushed his earnings over the $3 million mark for trainer/co-owner Brent MacGrath and the Schooner Stables of Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. His final effort will come in the Breeders’ Crown at The Meadowlands on November 29 (with eliminations, if necessary, next weekend).

Paul MacDonell summed up the experience of driving Somebeachsomewhere for the past two seasons succinctly: “The horse of a lifetime,” he said.

“He is definitely the horse of a lifetime, probably the horse of ten lifetimes,” agreed MacGrath. “I look at the trainers who’ve trained 50, 60, 70 horses their whole lives and never had a horse like this. Maybe we’ve never seen a horse like him.

“The trip he went here tonight was unbelievable. He’s (had) three weeks off, he’s got to be a little bit short. He’ll probably be a little bit tighter next week at The Meadowlands after this race tonight. He just did it on his own – his earplugs are still in.

“I stuck to my guns (with Somebeachsomewhere’s racing schedule) because I wanted the horse to look like he looked tonight, late in the year. It’s worked. You can only go to the well with these horses so often and I chose the races I thought were important for the horse and for the group, and it has worked out.”

The other winners on the Super Finals card were Nebupanezzar, Voelz Hanover, St Lads Popcorn, Elusive Desire, Pointe of Honour, Kadealia and Define the World. (WEG)

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