Remember Somebeachsomewhere? The legendary Standardbred racehorse and Nova Scotia’s famed harness racing world champion? Bad news for the horse racing world – the former racing champion has passed away at the age of 13 after a bitter struggle with cancer.
The retired world champion and Hall of Famer has recently undergone chemotherapy treatment after being diagnosed with a stomach cancer, and the chemotherapy treatment was not successful. On January 14th, Somebeachsomewhere was euthanized at the Mid-Atlantic Equine Veterinary Hospital. His death comes less than a year after the death of his own sire Mach Three, who was also euthanized.
The stallion’s long race and his upcoming end
Owned by Schooner Stables and trained by Brent MacGrath, Somebeachsomewhere was a Standardbred who made a world record for a mile and set a single-season earnings record for a pacer. During his racing years, Somebeachsomewhere won 20 out of 21 career starts. The stallion’s only loss was that with Art Official in the action-packed race at Meadowlands Pace.
Somebeachsomewhere, who just turned 13 on New Year’s Day, has managed to capture the hearts and attention of the racing fans around the world. During his racing years, the stallion showed blazing speed and incredible stamina that not seen before in the racing track.
He made his first big race in 2007 in the furious Battle of Waterloo, where managed to go off as a second favorite in the fierce elimination round and then won the race by three lengths.
The 13-years-old stallion has also competed and won several competitions, which include the Breeders Crown, the Confederation Cup, the North America Cup, the Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final, Tattersalls, and the Bluegrass Stake.
Somebeachsomewhere was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame and the USTA Living Horse Hall of Fame. In addition, the stallion was also named the first-ever Canadian-sired US Horse of the Year and was voted 2008 Dan Patch and O’Brien Horse of the Year.
The Ontario sired superstar ended his colorful racing career with an impressive record of 20-1-20 in 21 career starts, and career earnings of more than $3.3 million. He also held an astonishing eight world records. He retired at the famed Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, where he was bred to 160 mares.
Somebeachsomewhere’s death will be a huge loss to the harness racing. He will always remember as a great legend and world champion. The stallion will be buried at his retirement home at Hanover Shoe Farms.
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