World champion, Hall of Famer, leading stallion and legendary Standardbred racehorse Somebeachsomewhere was euthanized Sunday afternoon (January 14) at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in Ringoes, New Jersey after a short battle with cancer. Somebeachsomewhere had just turned 13 on January 1.
"It's devastating. It’s a terrible day," said Brent MacGrath, the trainer and part-owner of the Canadian-owned pacer who was syndicated as a stallion but his original owners - the six-member Schooner Stable of Bible Hill, N.S. - still held majority ownership in the horse. The Schooner Stable is comprised of Maritimers MacGrath, Garry Pye, Stu Rath, Reg Petitpas, Pamela Dean and Jamie Bagnell.
"I mean, when cancer is mentioned, you've got to be prepared for the worst. I wasn't expecting it quite this quickly, but, you know, the last few days haven't been good, obviously, so mentally I was a little more prepared than I was at this time last week. It's just a bad, bad day. Bad timing, bad everything."
"For a horse that was so healthy his whole life, it's just a shame to see him end up this way. He got short changed and the industry got short changed, big time, in the breeding side. He should have bred well into his 20s."
MacGrath said all six of the original owners are animal lovers and when Somebeachsomewhere began to suffer they quickly made the decision to euthanize him.
Columbus, OH - One of the first foals by Somebeachsomewhere is on the ground, according to reports from Steiner Stock Farm.
Steiner Stock Farm photo
On Tuesday night (Jan. 19), the Real Desire mare, Desirable Cindy, foaled a filly by the 2008 Horse of the Year at the Steiner Stock Farm breeding facility located in Lima, Ohio. The filly is the first foal out of Desirable Cindy p,3,1:52.3 ($171,664), a half sister to Jenna's Beach Boy.
"She's a really nice filly," said farm manager Wade Morris. "She was up within an hour and looking for some groceries."
During his racing career, Somebeachsomewhere won 20 of 21 starts, including the Breeders Crown, North America Cup, Metro Pace, Messenger, Confederation Cup and Tattersalls Pace. His mark of 1:46.4, set in the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile, stands as the fastest race mile in history. His $2,448,003 in 3-year-old earnings is a seasonal record for pacers.
Somebeachsomewhere retired from racing with $3,221,299 in purse earnings to Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, where he bred 160 mares in 2009.
Harness Racing's Racehorse Of The Decade
Where does Somebeachsomewhere rank among the best standardbreds to ever look through a bridle? A berth in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame a mere nine months after he finished his racing career speaks volumes. Now he's the selection as harness racing's racehorse of the decade.
'The Beach' compiled over $3.2 million in 21 races, winning 20 of them for earnings of $156,655 per start. Somebeachsomewhere banked $2,448,003 in 2008 during his three-year-old campaign, a new record for single-season earnings. Along the way, he set four world records, including the fastest mile in the history of the sport (1:46.4) and recorded sub-1:50 miles in exactly half of his 20 wins.
By the end of Somebeachsomewhere's perfect (six-for-six) freshman season, the mainstream media had already came to court 'Beach'. In 2008, Somebeachsomewhere was one of the biggest news and sports stories of the year in Canada. He was considered for the Lou Marsh Award honouring Canada's athlete of the year. He was featured on CBC's The National news program and he was named the Newsmaker of the Year for Nova Scotia by the CBC. He was profiled in the nation's biggest newspapers and on national radio. He and his connections made the cover of industry trade publications 18 times.
Trainer and co-owner Brent MacGrath perhaps said it best when he said that Somebeachsomewhere "is the horse of a lifetime. Simple."