Somebeachsomewhere aims at breaking Cambests world record time

Doug Harkness
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A day after Somebeachsomewhere set a world record for three-year-old pacers with his 1:49.2 victory in the 32nd Confederation Cup on Flamboro Downs' half-mile oval, trainer Brent MacGrath predicted Monday that Schooner Stables' stallion son of Mach Three would become the fastest horse in harness racing history.
"I am confident that Somebeachsomewhere will break Cambest's record of 1:46.1 when he races at The Red Mile." said MacGrath, who said he was still in awe of the colt's performance before a record crowd at Flamboro Downs on Sunday afternoon, when he won his elimination heat in 1:51.3 and came back to win the $493,000 final by four lengths in 1:49.2, pacing a final quarter in 26.3.
MacGrath said Somebeachsomewhere came out of the two-heat battle in excellent shape.
"He touched himself in the first heat (skinning his leg), but it wasn't anything serious." said MacGrath, who said the colt cooled out quickly after the first heat and "was raring to go" when he returned for the second heat, the first time in his career that he had been asked to race in two heats.
Leaving from Post 2, Somebeachsomewhere went to the front in 26.1 and was never headed through splits of 55.2, and 1:22.4 before closing in 26.3 for the convincing victory over Santanna Blue Chip (Jody Jamieson).
MacGrath said despite the fact Somebeachsomewhere removed any doubts about his ability to travel over a half-mile track or race two heats, he had not changed plans about competing in the Little Brown Jug.
"We are aiming this horse to break Cambest's world record (taken in a time trial at Springfield, Ill. in 1993 (Bill O'Donnell)," said MacGrath.
"I don't think it would be fair to the horse to race him in the Jug and expect him to be ready for a world-record performance 10 days later."

Geographic location: Springfield, Ill.

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