Somebeachsomewhere is proving his dominance in the breeding shed

Source: Jay Bergman: Somebeachsomewhere is proving his dominance in the breeding shed | Daily Racing Form.

A popular beer commercial asks us to “Find Your Beach.”

Harness racing has found its own definition of the popular slogan. As we approach this year’s 30th edition of the Breeders Crown changes in pedigrees from the beginning appear so far removed from now. At the outset the Meadow Skipper line of pacers through his son Most Happy Fella permeated the bloodlines of Breeders Crown champions on the male side.

Time and results have chipped away at the Meadow Skipper line and the dawn of a new era appears upon us now.

Harness racing has found its Beach in the name of Somebeachsomewhere.

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MacGrath hopes for big things from son of Somebeachsomewhere

MacGrath hopes for big things from son of Somebeachsomewhere – Sports – Truro Daily News

BIBLE HILL – Somebeachsomewhere’s legacy is spread all over Truro Raceway.

From photos on the walls of the Douglas Grandstand to a billboard on the infield, Colchester County race fans are forever reminded of the world champion horse, which got its start at Bible Hill’s half-mile oval before dominating tracks across North America in 2007 and 2008.

Now fans have something else to spark their memories as Melmerby Beach, a two-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere and sire of DB Blue Chip has been training in preparation for heading to Ontario later this year to race. And according to trainer Brent MacGrath, who moulded Somebeachsomewhere into the world beater he became, Melmerby Beach has some of his father’s traits.

“He’s got a good attitude and he likes to work,” MacGrath, a 54-year-old Bible Hill resident said. “He’s strong and he seems fast.”

MacGrath has had Melmerby Beach, named after the famous Pictou County beach, on track the past two Sunday’s for qualifiers. His first time out on July 14 produced a time of 2:06 before winning last week’s qualifier in 2:04. The pair will be back on track Sunday before the 1:30 p.m. card for a third qualifying attempt before leaving for Ontario to continue the season.

“He’s a nice horse,” MacGrath said. “He’s done everything I’ve asked him to do and just goes about his work.”

The colt is owned by the Schooner Stable II group of MacGrath’s wife Rhonda, Stu Rath, Garry Pye, Jamie Bagnell and Lee Blaikie – all of whom were in the Somebeachsomewhere ownership group named Schooner Stable.

Melmerby Beach is the fourth ‘Beach Baby’ MacGrath has worked with. Sepia Sands was sold to an owner in Ireland while Beach Bunny Hanover is now back with her father at Hanover Shoe Farm in Pennsylvania as a brood mare.

Also currently in the Schooner Stable II arsenal is Queensland Beach, a yearling still in at Hanover Shoe Farm.

The group purchased Melmerby Beach when he was born in Pennsylvania and brought him to Nova Scotia last November. MacGrath has been working with the horse since.

MacGrath hopes Melmerby Beach will compete well in Ontario before running in the United States. But the veteran horseman was quick to add there are many stars which need to line up for that to happen.

“It’s hard to know,” he said. “Some of them look good but they don’t like to go when the going gets tough and everything changes then. So it’s hard to know until we get more races into him.”

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Somebeachsomewhere fee now $20,000

Somebeachsomewhere to stand in 2013 for a fee of $20,000

Jim Simpson, the President of Hanover Shoe Farms and the syndicate manager of the stallion Somebeachsomewhere announced today that the horse will stand the 2013 season at a stud fee of $20,000.

The Beach’s first crop are now two year olds and in it he has done what no other sire in the history of Harness Racing has accomplished. His two year olds have already earned an all-time record of $4,642,586. He is the sire of thirty one 1.55 or faster two year olds.

He has also demonstrated the ability to sire great fillies as well as colts. His fillies have thus far earned an astonishing $2,603,799. His two year olds were headed by the magnificent colt Captaintreacherous p.2,1.49.2($918,253), the Breeders Crown winning filly Somwherovrarainbow p.2,1.51.2(446,831) and numerous other prominent two year olds.

Somebeachsomewhere will be greatly in demand and that Hanover Shoe Farms will try to accommodate as many of its customers as possible, but warns that preference will be given to current syndicate members and to those who have previously supported the horse.

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Somebeachsomewhere continues to shine

The ‘Beach’ party continues for Brent MacGrath and Stephanie Smith-Rothaug. After watching pacer Somebeachsomewhere dazzle on the racetrack, winning 20 of 21 career races, earn $3.22 million and receive the 2008 Horse of the Year Award in the U.S. not to mention two Horse of the Year honors in Canada, harness racing’s co-owner/trainer MacGrath and breeder Smith-Rothaug are enjoying the horse’s second career as a sire.

via Somebeachsomewhere continues to shine.

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Island Breeders Finals last major stakes action of season in region

Island Breeders Finals last major stakes action of season in region – Sports – The Guardian.

The final mega stakes card of the 2012 Maritime racing season lines up Saturday afternoon at the Charlottetown Driving Park.

Post time for the card’s first race is 1 p.m.

The best two- and three-year-olds in the region will compete in six Island Breeders Finals which are the culmination of the Island breeders series held throughout the summer.

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Across the continent

Somebeachsomewhere again added his name to the record books Saturday night at Woodbine Raceway with the Breeder’s Crown finals featured.

With Somewhereovrarainbow winning the $600,000 two-year-old filly final, Somebeachsomewhere set a new all-time season’s record for most money earned by a crop of two-year-olds. Somebeachsomewhere’s first crop has hit the track in 2012, with his two-year-olds lighting up tote boards across North America, while earning $4.54 million to date, more than No Nukes’ $4.16 million set in 1990. Somebeachsomewhere was the talk of harness racing as he won all but one of his lifetime races in 2007-2008 for Nova Scotia trainer Brent MacGrath and his group of Maritime owners.

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Trotting group hails Somebeach as leading money-winning sire

Trotting group hails Somebeach as leading money-winning sire | The Chronicle Herald.

It’s been nearly four years since world-champion pacer Somebeachsomewhere retired to stud. But his offspring are continuing his legacy on harness tracks across North America.

Somebeach, who was co-owned and trained by Truro’s Brent MacGrath during the horse’s racing heyday, is the top money-winning sire for 2012, according to United States Trotting Association.

Somebeach has sired 124 foals, of which 95 have started a race throughout North America this year. Combined they have made nearly $4 million this year, $1.35 million more than the next closest sire (Art Major: $2,641,564).

Ten of those starters have earned over $100,000 in 2012, including Captain Treacherous, which has made over $833,000, the best of any two-year-old in North America this year.

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Harrisburg Loaded With Yearlings | Standardbred Canada

Harrisburg Loaded With Yearlings | Standardbred Canada.

The Standardbred Horse Sales Company has announced its 2012 edition of The Black Book.

This year’s edition of The Black Book includes more yearlings by the top winning sires than any other sale and in some categories more by those sires than all of all the other sales combined.

In the two-year-old pacing category, the leading money winning sire Somebeachsomewhere is represented by 57 blue blooded yearlings, not only more than any other sale, but more than all other sales combined. He is followed in earnings by Art Major (46), Dragon Again (32) and Bettors Delight (66); all of whom have more yearlings than all sales combined.

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Hammer Time At Clearfield County Fairgrounds | Standardbred Canada

Hammer Time At Clearfield County Fairgrounds | Standardbred Canada.

The second day of the race meet at the Clearfield County Fairgrounds saw freshman pacers face each other and the weather, as storms played havoc with the race card.

In the lone division of the Quaker Stake, Fool Bewitch U remained undefeated in her career, now two-for-two, as the Western Ideal filly paced home in 2:06.2. Wayne Long drove for lessee and trainer Ron Lineweaver.

Four divisions of the PA Sire Stake for filly pacers were up next, and Roger Hammer captured the first three divisions with horses from his own barn. Lifesarealbeach (Somebeachsomewhere) was up first, winning in 2:02.3. Another daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Cebu Hanover, was next to the winner’s circle, pacing in 2:03. Finally, the Quik Pulse Mindale filly Quik Response was a winner in 2:02.3. Hammer owns all three fillies.

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Somebeachsomewhere to stand Down Under

Somebeachsomewhere to stand Down Under.

One of the greatest harness racing horses of the modern era is coming ‘Down Under’ – not via frozen semen – but the actual champion himself! Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4), the 2008 North America Horse-of-the-Year, will stand at Empire Stallions in Victoria. His owner/trainer Brent MacGrath confirmed this to Harnesslink today (Friday June 29).

It is the first time in the history of the conservative Hanover Shoe Farms that they have sent an actual stallion ‘Down Under’.

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Are The Odds In MacGrath’s Favour?

Are The ‘Odds’ In MacGrath’s Favour? | Standardbred Canada.

The best Christmas gift, at least an early one, that owner/trainer Brent MacGrath could have asked for came true when his Weigh The Odds received a favourable post position in one of two $25,000 Valedictory Stakes eliminations set for this Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack.

MacGrath, the man who campaigned the incomparable Somebeachsomewhere to superstardom, is hoping Weigh The Odds, a three-year-old son of Bettors Delight, can rebound from an off-key performance in his last race, an eighth-place effort on December 12 at Woodbine.

Getting Post 5 for his Valedictory elim certainly increased his chances at getting back into winning form.

“Well, I think I’ve been a good boy, so a nice post was just what I was hoping for,” said MacGrath, in reference to what his three-time winner from nine starts would benefit most from. “He’s the type of horse who likes to be in the mix early. We wanted him to be prominent early in his last start and it didn’t pan out. It was a brisk opening quarter (:25.4), a horse broke stride in front of him…it just didn’t go his way.”

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Record Yearling Price Set At Harrisburg | Standardbred Canada

Record Yearling Price Set At Harrisburg | Standardbred Canada.

John and Tom Cancelliere of New Jersey have not only purchased the the full brother to Somebeachsomewhere, they have also collared the highest priced yearling in standardbred sale history.

Hip 203, Detour Hanover – the first full brother to the phenomenal racehorse and sire Donato Hanover, was sold for a record $825,000. The Cancellieres reportedly outbid trainer Staffan Lind on the Andover Hall – D Train colt.

Earlier in the sale the duo obtained Hip 120 Some Of The Beach (Mach Three – Wheres The Beach) for $430,000 – the highest price ever paid for an Ontario-sired yearling. Cancelliere was the underbidder on Hitting The Cycle, the Somebeachsomewhere yearling that sold at Lexington last month for $450,000 – the highest priced pacing yearling colt in harness racing history.

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2011 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale

Lexington Catalogue Now Online

SOURCE: Standardbred Canada

For those that prefer not to wait for mail delivery, the entire catalogue for the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale is now available on the sales company’s website. This year’s sale is scheduled for October 3-7 at Lexington’s Fasig-Tipton Pavilion, and, as always, will be held in conjunction with the Grand Circuit meet at the Red Mile.

PDF files of yearling catalogue pages may be downloaded from the website [CLICK HERE] by individual horse or by sale session. There are also indices by sire, by dam, and by consignor.

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Life’s still a ‘Beach’ for Brent MacGrath

Life’s still a ‘Beach’ for Brent MacGrath – harnesslink.com.

Brent MacGrath

Talk about getting out of the gates in great fashion. This past Saturday marked the initial edition of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes (previously called the Burlington Stakes) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Pepsi North America Cup prep race was renamed in honour of the harness rascing great Somebeachsomewhere, who was trained and co-owned by Brent MacGrath.

Somebeachsomewhere, Canada’s Horse of the Year in both 2007 and 2008, kicked off his outstanding three-year-old campaign with a tour de force victory in the Burlington in 2008.

A resident of Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, MacGrath was on hand this past Saturday for the winner’s circle festivities.

WEG’s media department had a chance to catch up with the veteran trainer. To watch the video interview with MacGrath, please click here.

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Racing season begins in earnest

Racing season begins in earnest, as Beach Stakes replace Burlington Stakes.

For the purists who passionately follow harness racing the racing season officially gets under way tonight at Mohawk Racetrack.

There will be three divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for many of North America’s best three-year-old pacing colts. This marks the first year for the event, which was previously known as the Burlington Stakes; but was changed in honour of one of the greatest — if not the greatest — pacing horse ever.

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Third Straight Qualifying Win For ‘Beach’ Sis

Third Straight Qualifying Win For ‘Beach’ Sis | Standardbred Canada.

Someheartsomewhere, a three-year-old full sister to the great Somebeachsomewhere, recorded her third consecutive qualifying victory Thursday, May 26 at Pocono Downs. Owned by Ronald Michelon of Northbrook, Illinois and John Carver of Rapids City, Illinois, Someheartsomewhere (Mach Three–Wheres The Beach) went sent forth to Post 4 during Pocono’s fourth qualifying dash of the morning.

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Turning risks into rewards – Truro Daily News

Turning risks into rewards – Local – News – Truro Daily News

Stu Rath

Stu Rath is a well-known Truro businessman who will be recognized tonight with the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Classic Wish Passes

Classic Wish Passes | Standardbred Canada

Today is a sad day in Winbak Farm history. Last night the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Canadian Hall of Fame mare, Classic Wish, passed away during foaling. She gave birth to a Somebeachsomewhere colt. The colt survived and is doing well.

Classic Wish earned $436,000 and was time-trialed in 1:52 during her race career. After her retirement from the racetrack, she came to Winbak Farm and had her first foal, Bettors Delight, the 2000 Breeders Crown Winner and 2001 Little Brown Jug winner.

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Rath Recognized by Chamber of Commerce

Rath recognized by chamber of commerce – Local – News – Truro Daily News.

TRURO – Stu Rath has been named the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner for 2011. The annual award recognizes a lifetime of accomplishments in the local business and charitable communities.

“Stu Rath is an institution in the local business community,” says chamber president Chantale Hache. “His involvement and success serve as a shining example of what can be accomplished with drive and determination.”

For more than 50 years, Rath’s name has been widely known in the local business community. He has been involved in a number of companies and ventures including the Truro Junior “A” Bearcats, Truro Centre, Halifax Cablevision, Eastern Cablevision and Stuco Holdings Ltd. His community involvement ranges from being on the boards of Nova Scotia Business Inc, the Colchester Regional Development Agency and the Truro Industrial Development Society to being involved with a number of charitable organizations over the years, including the United Way, Camp Triumph, the To Our Health Campaign for a new regional hospital in Colchester and the Ignite the Spirit Campaign for a new civic centre. Rath was also involved in Schooner Stable, which owned the highly-successful race horse “SomebeachSomewhere.”

The award will be officially presented to Rath at the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner on March 31. The award is presented by the Truro and District Chamber of Commerce with support from the Business Development Bank of Canada.

For more information on the dinner, visit www.trurochamber.com

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The wedding gift of a lifetime – Somebeachsomewhere

Source: Harnesslink – The wedding gift of a lifetime – Somebeachsomewhere.

Ernie Martinez will never ever forget the time he suggested to his friend Stephanie Smith-Rothaug that she have a look at a Beach Towel mare who was in foal to Astreos. They were at the Harrisburg Sales at the time and the well known American harness racing owner and breeder said if the sale didn’t work out he would even buy it off her.

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Stephanie Smith-Rothaug, who owns Rails Ridge Farm, always felt Somebeachsomewhere would be a nice racehorse. “The mare didn’t have a problem foal and he was the prefect colt right from the beginning. He was a very athletic type who as a yearling would bite his two field mates and always want to be vigorous and run around after a workout. He was very intelligent, the sort of horse you only had to teach him once and he could do it,” Smith-Rothaug said.

When she went to sell him at the yearling sales Smith-Rothaug said she would have been happy just to fetch the price of the sire’s fee $7,500. She got $40,000.

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Somebeachsomewhere Stakes Set For Mohawk

The Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced that it has renamed the Burlington Stakes, the key stakes prep race for the Pepsi North America Cup, the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes.

via Somebeachsomewhere Stakes Set For Mohawk | Standardbred Canada.

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CBC Radio Talks Somebeachsomewhere

On Wednesday Dec. 1, CBC Radio’s Maritime Noon will revisit 2008’s Newsmaker of the Year, pacing phenom turned stallion Somebeachsomewhere.

The interview with Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, Farm Manager for Hanover Shoe Farms, airs at 12:00 p.m. Atlantic Time. Jablonsky provides an update on ‘Beach’ and discusses a few interesting facts about the popular stallion that was named CBC News-Nova Scotia Newsmaker of the Year.

Visit the CBC website for more.

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Beach Baby – Sports – Truro Daily News

Beach Baby – Sports – Truro Daily News.

Somebeachsomewhere trainer MacGrath buys son of legendary pacer

TRURO – He looks a lot like his father and Brent MacGrath is hoping Sepia Sands paces like him too.

The Truro resident bought the seven-month-old weanling son of legendary Somebeachsomewhere at the recent Harrisburg Sale in Pennsylvania for $32,000. When the trainer first laid eyes on Sepia Sands, it was almost like déjà vu.

“I really like the look of him. He looks a lot like ‘Beach,” MacGrath said. “His colour and his shoulders, he’s quite athletic looking.”

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Somebeachsomewhere lands his first New New Zealand Foal

Somebeachsomewhere lands his first New Zealand foal.

Arguably the greatest harness racing pacer of the modern era has sired his first foal in New Zealand. A colt by Mach Three stallion Somebeachsomewhere from L’Oiseau De Nuit, by Christian Cullen, found it’s way into the world at Arden Lodge in Tapanui, the property of John Stiven. Somebeachsomewhere served a large number of mares in the US and North America, but down under has a very small number of mares in foal, and is only available via frozen semen through Alabar Stud. The son of Mach Three stands at $16,000 AUS.

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Celebrating Ont.’s Finest At ‘The Fair’ | Standardbred Canada

Celebrating Ont.’s Finest At ‘The Fair’ | Standardbred Canada.

Not only will Saturday night’s card at Western Fair Raceway be the richest in the history of the London, Ont. track, it will also be one of the busiest, as several special features have been added to complement the eight $100,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Championship races on track.

A handicapping contest is now underway on the Western Fair Facebook page. The winners will receive the Somebeachsomewhere coffee table photo book.

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Happy 34th To The Big M | Standardbred Canada

Happy 34th To The Big M | Standardbred Canada.

It’s 34 years ago today that the Meadowlands opened its doors and night-time mile track harness racing was introduced to the Metropolitan area of New York for the first time.

Here’s a brief look at the highlights through the eyes of ‘Hollywood’ Bob Heyden from each year since.

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