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Full and closed - Somebeachsomewhere

11:09 PM 21 Jan 2009 NZDT
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Dr Bridgette Jablonsky Somebeachsomewhere
Dr Bridgette Jablonsky - of Hanover Shoe Farms

Breeders wanting to have their mares served by brilliant Canadian pacer, Somebeachsomewhere in his first season at stud are going to have to wait until next year. The son of Mach Three's book of 160 mares is full and closed. In fact it was full soon after it was announced he would stand at stud. That was back in October.

Dr Bridgette Jablonsky of Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, where Somebeachsomewhere is standing, told that Somebeachsomewhere would serve 160 mares in his first breeding season which stretches from February 16 to July 3. His stud fee is $20,000. Hanover Shoe Farms owns a 10th of Somebeachsomewhere.

"We officially closed his bookings off on January 5 but he was full way before then. In fact his book was filled long before his stud fee was announced. In fact people were coming to us not long after it was announced he would stand at stud back in October.

"I have been with Hanover Shoe Farms for 12 years now and even though you can never predict the potential of a sire, at this early stage he's right up there with the best sires I have seen.

"He's even more popular than Western Ideal and The Panderosa. Niatross is the only other sire I could mention in the same breath as Somebeachsomewhere," Dr Jablonsky said.

Although his book filled quicker than most Hanover Shoe Farms is aware of his popularity ‘Down Under' and Dr Jablonsky said he could serve New Zealand mares via frozen semen.

"We toyed with the idea of bringing him ‘Down Under' but after much discussion we intend to start freezing his semen next week. We know he freezes well and we are also aware that there will be huge interest in him both in New Zealand and Australia.

"All going well we hope that he will be able to serve 100 mares in your part of the world during your next breeding season," Dr Jablonsky.

She said Somebeachsomewhere would probably serve 150 mares per season after his first year at stud. Even though he was a freak on the racetrack Dr Jablonsky was cautious about labeling him a super stud before he had even served one mare.

"He was a freak on the racetrack and we are just hoping he can pass those freakish genes on to his off-spring. Nothing is for certain in this industry. We have seen a lot of good racehorses not produce at stud, but this fella just gives you the impression he is going to be a superstar," Dr Jablonsky said.

Somebeachsomewhere last raced at the Meadowlands on November 29 when successful in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final. In a career which started back in June 27 2007, Somebeachsomewhere won 20 of his 21 starts and finished second in the other for total career stakes of $3.3 million. In his first full year at stud he can earn up to $3.2 million.

He will serve all the top North American mares this year and providing his libido and conception rate are okay he will then have his semen exported.

"We want to give him a presence ‘Down Under' because we know just how popular he is down there. As for his second season of breeding here we won't be accepting any bookings until November," Dr Jablonsky said.

Meanwhile Cantab Hall and Donato Hanover, who also stand at Hanover Shoe Farms, have also had their books closed due to popularity.

"These horses are syndicated early and their books were never really open."

Other sires, Western Ideal and Andover Hall have also had their fees dropped from $25,000 to $15,000 and from $30,000 to $20,000 respectively.

"This was due mainly to the current state of the economic climate and is a result of the way recent yearling sales went. Breeders have taken a bit of a hit of late. Personally I believe many fees are too high now and some breeders are being driven out left, right and centre. Hopefully the financial state will pick up and breeders will be able to get back to where they once were," Dr Jablonsky said.

Duane RANGER (editor)

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