GuelphMercury.com – Sports – Harness needs stars to keep on shining

February 19, 2009
DAVE BRIGGS

One of harness racing’s chief problems compared with other sports is the fact its biggest stars aren’t around long enough to draw any serious fan interest. By stars, of course, we’re talking about the horses.

The best male horses can earn much more as stallions than they can by winning even the richest races.

Take recently retired Somebeachsomewhere, for example. He will breed approximately 150 horses this year at $20,000 apiece, meaning he could earn as much as $3 million as a stallion.

Even practically running the table in his three-year-old racing season — the most lucrative of all the racing years — The Beach earned just over $2.5 million and that was a single-season earnings record.

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