Two Maritime-owned rookie pacers will square off this Saturday night in the $1-million Metro Pace, Canada's richest harness horse race for two-year-olds.
CAMPBELLVILLE, Ont. - Two Maritime-owned rookie pacers will square off this Saturday night in the $1-million Metro Pace, Canada's richest harness horse race for two-year-olds.
Somebeachsomewhere, a Mach Three colt owned by Schooner Stables of Truro, overpowered six rivals at Mohawk Raceway last Saturday to win his $40,000 elimination heat in a personal best of 1:52.1 with Paul Macdonell doing the teaming.
Undefeated in three lifetime starts, Somebeachsomewhere drew off to win by three and one-half lengths over the heavily favoured Dali (15 cents on the dollar) with Shadow Play charging hard to finish third for Mark MacDonald and owners Dr. Ian Moore, RG McGroup and Serge Savard, the former Montreal Canadien great.
Brent McGrath, the Truro automobile sales manager who broke and trained Somebeachsomewhere, says the colt came out of Saturday's race in excellent condition.
He will leave from Post four in the million dollar final for McGrath, Gary Pye, Stu Rath and Jamie Bagnall, all of Truro, Pam Dean of Sutherland's Lake, and Reg Petitipas of Shediac Bridge, who co-owns the 2007 Gold Cup and Saucer winner Silent Swing.
MacDonell will drive Somebeachsomewhere in the final, leaving from Post 4. Mark MacDonald gets the call to drive Shadow Play, who drew Post 8.
Dr. Moore said he was pleased with the way Shadow Play raced in the elimination, considering the fact that the colt raced with a sore foot, caused by a shoeing accident.
"He raced big, but Mark (MacDonald) said he got on one line coming home or he might have finished second." said the Charlottetown vet who will be racing in his third million dollar race this Saturday. Impeccable raced in the Metro final at two and the North America Cup at three.
Impeccable finished second in a $18,000 race at Mohawk on Saturday night, charted in 1:52 for Jody Jamieson.
Astronomical On Sidelines
Dr. Moore said Astronomical, winner of the James (Roach) MacGregor Memorial is a patient at the Guelph Animal clinic after finishing last at Montreal on Sunday.
"The horse is suffering from heart palpitations. something he suffered at this time last year." said Dr. Moore, who did not feel the illness was career threatening.
Banner Yankee, who was a runner-up in the Gold Cup and Saucer won the $15,000 race at Hippodrome de Mntreal by a quater length in 1:52 with Jody Jamieson driving.