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.”