Day At The Track

Another 'Good Horse' joins Simmons stable

06:12 AM 27 Jan 2015 NZDT
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Somestarsomewhere
Somestarsomewhere

For the second time in the last three years veteran Prairie State harness racing trainer Tom Simmons has returned from the mid-January Meadowlands Sale to his Springfield based farm with a highly regarded 4-year-old pacing colt purchased by his primary owner Illinoisan Dave Clinard.

In 2013 it was Time To Roll, a well-bred stakes champion who has won 21 races over the past two seasons for Clinard, including a bevy of Midwest Invites (six at Balmoral). The son of Rocknroll Hanover out of the Real Artist mare Kikikatie was a $105,000 purchase, who has hauled in almost $223,000 since for his Mt. Sterling owner,

This past Monday at the New Jersey Clinard dished out $90,000 for Somestarsomewhere, one of the many elite pacers from the powerful Ron Burke Stable. The colt is one of the many recent successful pacers sired by world champion Somebeachsomewhere. His dam is Lovely Assistant, an unraced daughter of Art Major.

Burke and three of his owners bought Somestarsomewhere for $110,000 as a yearling at the 2011 Harrisburg Sale.

“Dave wanted another good horse and hopefully he’ll have it in Somestartsomewhere,” said Simmons. “We missed on 3 or 4 of them at the sale before we got him. The horse is now at by farm and he is a big, good-looking colt.

“We’re hoping he turns out to be a very good horse for us. You never know how these things will work out but he the breeding, the looks and the potential to do very well racing in Illinois and Indiana for us.”

The new Clinard purchase certainly arrives in Illinois with the credentials to be a force in the Midwest Invitational ranks.

Somestarsomewhere was the first two-year-old colt pacer to go a sub 1:50 mile when he won his Breeders Crown elimination at Pocono Downs in 1:49.4 for Burke. He went on to finish third in that $500,000 Final

Two weeks earlier in early October that year the well-regarded pacer won a division of the International Stallion Track at The Red Mile in a track record time of 1:49.2.

Somestartsomewhere was the early favorite to capture the 534,500 at The Meadowlands in 2013 but was scratched by Burke because a minor industry, ending his freshman season with over $137,000 on his card.

“He pulled a curb training,” Burke told the news media, adding: “With a horse like him I wasn’t going to take a chance and race him.”

As a three-year-old he added another $138,893 to his purse account, facilitated by victories in a $66,783 PASS stake and the $50,000 Monument Circle Stake at Hoosier Park.

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By Mike Paradise

The Illinois Harness Horsemen's Association

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