First And Final Bow For Somebeachsomewhere At Woodbine
In harness racing, there are a number of horses that have become champions, and have retired with wonderful horse racing careers to their names. One of the horses that have achieved greatness and legendary status is Somebeachsomewhere. He has propelled himself to stardom and success in the harness racing industry, and with his horse racing career coming to an end, this phenomenal horse racing wonder, is going out in style. On Saturday, 15 November 2008, he once again proved why he is a memorable horse, and an icon that will not be forgotten.
The retirement of Somebeachsomewhere has been hanging over his fans like a dark cloud and the mere thought of never seeing him in racing action has left many harness racing enthusiasts at a loss. Therefore, when it was announced that his final performance on a Canadian racecourse would be held at Woodbine Raceway, hundreds of loyal spectators braved the weather to watch this breathtaking horse in action. Somebeachsomewhere had never race at Woodbine Raceway before, making it a unique day, where his Woodbine debut and last Canadian racing event, would take place on the same day.
Paul MacDonell was in the driving seat once again, as he and Somebeachsomewhere flew out of the third post, for the running of the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. It is a racing event for three year old pacing horses and has a purse of $300,000. Even though the wind was giving spectators a good beating and rain was storming down on the grandstands and the competitors, nothing could dampen the encouraging spirit of the crowd, or the winning determination of Somebeachsomewhere. As the rain came down on Woodbine Raceway, Somebeachsomewhere lurched to the leading position right from the start of the race and kept a comfortable and unchallenged lead all the way to the finish line. The victory at the Ontario Sires Stakes has pushed his career earnings to over $3 million and was his nineteenth win in twenty career starts.
His final career start will take place on 29 November 2008 at the running of the Breeders Crown, hosted at The Meadowlands in New York, after which he will be moved to Pennsylvania, where he will stand stud at Hanover Shoe Farms.