Somebeachsomewhere stands to make history in final race of career

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Tomorrow night's Breeders Crown harness racing program at The Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, N. J., is expected to play an import role in the 2008 horse-of-the-year balloting in the United States.
The prime contenders are pacing sensation Somebeachsomewhere and the American-owned trotting star Deweycheatumhowe, two horses with catchy names.
Truro's Schooner Stables' Somebeachsomewhere was ahead in the Breeders Crown Hambletonian polls this week for the second week in a row and a victory in Saturday's US$500,000 three-year-old pacing colt final would probably seal the deal.
Deweycheatumnhowe, the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity winner, will race in the three-year-old trot final, although his trainer says the colt is still not fully recovered from a throat problem.
Somebeachsomewhere will be looking for his 13th victory in 14 starts this year and with a win he will overtake Gallow Blue Chip as the richest single-season pacer in history.
The Mach Three-Wheres The Beach stallion has been established as a 3-5 morning line favorite.
It is scheduled to be Somebeachsomewhere's final race before he enters the stud ranks at world famous Hanover Shoe Farm in Pennysvlvania, where he will stand for a fee of $20,000 next year and is expected to breed a full book of 160 mares.
Shadow Play, who began his brilliant sophomore season at Charlottetown on April 19 when he won by open lengths in 1:56 for trainer-co-owner Dr. Ian Moore will be looking for his 15th win in 25 starts.
With victories in the Little Brown Jug (a world record for two heats on a half-mile track), the Delvin Miller Adios Pace final, after setting a world record of 1:58.4 in the elimination, the Windy City Pace and the American National, Shadow Play has earned $1,052,421 this season for Dr. Moore and partner Ron and Gail McLellan of Bathurst, N.B., and hockey great Serge Savard.
He's won five of his last six races with the only loss coming to Somebeachsomesomewhere in The Messenger Stake at Yonkers, when he lost by a neck.
Shadow Play is fresh off a convincing 1:51.4 victory in last Saturday's elimination heat of the Breeders Crown.
The horse could have taken a bye into the final, but Dr. Moore felt his colt needed the race as a tightener.
After the win, Shadow Play had his choice of post positions and selected Post Position 2.
Somebeachsomewhere's owners took the bye and drew Post 3 in the open draw.
The Breeders Crown program is full of Maritime connections.
Carl Jamieson had two crown contenders, including the freshman pacing colt elimination winner (at 38-1) in Captain Sir.
Don't forget, it was Jody Jamieson who drove Santanna Blue Chip to victory in last year's two-year-old final for the Jamieson Stable.
Carl aslo has Break The News on the rail in the $700,000 final for two-year-old pacing fillies while Jody also drives Federal Flex (post 10) in the two-year-old colt trot where Muscles Hill is the favorite for Cape Breton native trainer Greg Peck.
Maritime teletheatres are expected to be crowded for the Meadowlands program.

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Organizations: The Meadowlands Racetrack

Geographic location: East Rutherford, N. J., United States, Pennysvlvania Charlottetown Bathurst Yonkers Cape Breton

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