CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The weather was not conducive to a bikini, but after waiting for almost a year to see super horse Somebeachsomewhere in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, fans finally got their beach party on Sunday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.
Keystone Horatio and driver Randy Waples made it look like a horse race through the early going, rocketing away from Post 8 to a :25.4 opening quarter, but once Paul MacDonell shifted Somebeachsomewhere into gear, it looked more like a training mile.
The Guelph resident sent Somebeachsomewhere to the front heading for the :54 half, and from there the pair proceeded to slide further away from the Gold Final field with every stride, reaching the 1:21.3 three-quarters more than two lengths on top. Around the final turn Somebeachsomewhere waved good-bye to his Ontario-sired peers and accelerated home to a four and three-quarter length victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:49.2.
Keystone Horatio stayed game for second, with Deuce Seelster two more lengths back in third.
The mile shaved three-fifths of a second off the 1:50 clocking recorded by Armbro Balmoral at Woodbine Racetrack in the 2004 OSS season.
Sunday’s victory pushed the son of Mach Three and Wheres The Beach beyond the $2 million mark in lifetime earnings and boosted his remarkable record to 12 wins and one second in 13 starts.
Trainer Brent MacGrath of Truro, NS and his partners in the Schooner Stable — James Bagnell, Garry Pye and Stuart Rath of Truro; Pamela Dean of Londonderry, NS; and Reg Petitpas of Shediac Bridge, NB — will now set their sights on the Aug. 17 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs, where their superstar will try his hand at racing multiple heats for the first time.
Between now and Nov. 15, the Schooner Stable members will also have one eye on the three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series scoreboard. Sunday’s win gives Somebeachsomewhere 50 points in the race for a berth in the Super Final, and with two Gold Series events left on the calendar, he currently sits fifth in the standings. Keystone Horatio is well out in front with 200 points, Lennon Blue Chip is second with 100 points, The Mohegan Pan has 80 and Deuce Seelster has 62. Lucky Man sits behind Somebeachsomewhere with 36 points and the current cut off for the top 10 is 24.
The sophomore pacing colts — minus Somebeachsomewhere — make their fourth Gold Series start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sept. 25 and Oct. 2, and wrap up their OSS campaign at Windsor Raceway on Oct. 21 and 25.
Fans who braved the autumnal weather to see the Ontario-sired superstar in person were treated to a poster of the colt, compliments of the Ontario Sires Stakes, The Canadian Sportsman and Woodbine Entertainment Group. One fan, Michael Burge of Acton, also went home with a $3,500 travel voucher he can use to visit �some beach, somewhere’.
Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 18 with Gold Eliminations for the two-year-old trotting colts.
For complete results please go to: http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/results/data/rmohssu.html.