The owners of Somebeachsomewhere were contemplating a mult-million dollar syndicate deal after the two-year-old Mach Three colt captured the $1-million Metro Pace at Mohawk Raceway on Saturday night in 1:49.3, a world record for two-year-old pacing colts.
New world record set
CAMPBELLVILLE, Ont. - The owners of Somebeachsomewhere were contemplating a mult-million dollar syndicate deal after the two-year-old Mach Three colt captured the $1-million Metro Pace at Mohawk Raceway on Saturday night in 1:49.3, a world record for two-year-old pacing colts.
Paul MacDonell drove Somebeachsomewhere to a wire-to-wire two-length victory, as the colt won for the fourth time in as many career starts, increasing his bankroll to $682,000 for the Schooner Stable of Truro.
"We're looking ahead to a possible stallion syndication with a major breeding farm after his three-year-old season", said Brent McGrath of Truro, manager of the stable who paid $40,000 for the colt at a Kentucky yearling sale.
McGrath broke and trained the colt before taking him to Ontario to begin his racing career.
"I knew he was a good colt, but I never imagined he would be this good." beamed McGrath as he described his feelings of watching Somebeachsomewhere step to his world record mile, shaving a fifth of a second off Rocknroll Hanover's previous standard set in the Metro Pace at Woodbine Raceway three years ago.
McGrath and four other members of the syndicate - Gary Pye, Jamie Bagnall and Stu Rath of Truro and Reg Petitipas of Shediac Bridge, N. B.; watched Canada's richest race for two-year-olds from the club house at Mohawk Raceway at Campbellville, Ont., becoming the first Maritime horse owners ever to win a $1-million race.
Pam Dean of Sutherland's Lake, the other member of the stable, spent the night at a the big outdoor concert at Magnetic Hill near Moncton.
McGrath and the partners are still charting the course for the two-year-old.
"He's got a couple of major stakes engagements in Ontario and could race in a couple of Ontario Sires Stakes events." said McGrath, whose not in favor of extending the colt's schedule.
"I'd like to stop with him after a couple of more starts and bring him back sound and strong for his three-year-old season where there is a lot of money on the line."
McGrath, who has a 30-year involvement in the race game-says the Schooner Stable will be interested in entertaining offers to syndicate Somebeachsomewhere at stud with a major breeding farm.
"We're looking at the prospects of syndicating him in stud after his three-year-old year, but retaining management of the horse next season." said McGrath.
Moon Beam (Brian Sears) was parked the first half-mile before seeing the inside and was back out down the lane to finish second.
Santanna Blue Chip, in rein to Bible Hill native Jody Jamieson had the perfect two-hold ride and was able to get third.
Shadow Play, the second Maritime-owned colt in the rich final, just missed a cheque, coming from well off the pace to finish 6th.
"The colt paced in 1:51.3 and didn't get a cheque." said a disappointed Dr. Ian Moore. "His Post Position (8) made it tough"
While Dr. Moore was disappointed with the sixth-place finish with Shadow Play, he had some consolation as Impeccable came up with a big effort in a $18,000 class on Friday night, winning by four lengths in 1:51.4 for Jody Jamieson.
On the same card, Gold Cup and Saucer winner Silent Swing took a $35,000 class in 1:50.3 for Phil Hudon and owners Reg Petitipas and David Shea.
Another Big Win For Jamieson
Michelles Power, driven byJody Jamieson, turned in a stunning 1:50.1 clocking from Post 10 to capture the lone $245,945 division of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old filly pacers at Mohawk Raceway on Sunday night.
The time obliterated the stakes record of 1:51.4 and lowered the track record of 1:50.2 set by Milliondollarsmile earlier this year.