Day At The Track

Full brother to Donato Hanover - $825,000

03:37 PM 07 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Moments after John Cancelliere made the winning $430,000 bid for Some Of The Beach - a full brother to 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere - at the number one harness racing sale in North America - the Harrisburg Sale - Cancelliere's brother Tom laughed when asked if he would feel pressure training the horse.

"Everything he buys I have pressure with," Tom Cancelliere said, grinning at his brother. "You want to know do I have any more pressure? No. He wants to buy high-end racehorses. Just lay one more on me.

"I'm very excited," he continued, adding with another laugh, "This one is another one that I can only mess up, I can't make.

"He's beautiful. Our veterinarian gave him very high marks and we don't have to talk about his pedigree. The rest of it was just where he was going to stop on the block. We consider ourselves very lucky to have gotten him."

The $430,000 price for Some Of The Beach, a son of Mach Three-Wheres The Beach, equaled the highest bid ever for a pacer at the Standardbred Horse Sale. It tied the mark established by pacing filly Robin P. Hanover in 1986. The Cancellieres celebrated with fist pumps and handshakes while the sales arena was filled with applause.

Some Of The Beach was bred by Stephanie Smith-Rothaug, who also bred Somebeachsomewhere.

"He was the last horse we looked at last night," John Cancelliere said. "We saved him for the end. They put his pajamas on to go to bed and I knew that I was going to take him today. He was just spectacular. I couldn't sleep last night. I wouldn't eat. He was coming home with us.

"You can tell that he's a pampered horse. Now we'll finish pampering him. He's just beautiful. There's no other word you can say. Look at him: he's ready to go now. He's got everything. I'm very pleased."

A little more than a week ago, the Cancellieres, who have a construction supply business, won the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace at Woodbine Racetrack with Bettor Sweet. Because of snow in New Jersey, John Cancelliere was unable to make it to Toronto for the race.

"I couldn't fly out and my power was out at my house," John Cancelliere said. "I didn't get to see it. I listened to (Tom) on the phone, tell me the race. I felt like it was 1920."

The Cancellieres have a 55-acre farm in central New Jersey, with a barn for their horses as well as a therapy barn. They train at nearby Magical Acres. They were looking forward to bringing Some Of The Beach home.

"He's going to have a wonderful home," John Cancelliere said. "He's got it made."

Editor's Note: Later in the day, John Cancelliere spent $825,000 on Detour Hanover, a full brother to 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover. Comments on that purchase will follow.

The Sale started at 11:00 am today (Monday the 7th of November) and runs through to Saturday November the 12th at Harrisburg's Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex Sales Arena.

Over 2,000 horses ranging from yearlings and weanlings to racehorses and broodmares, stallions and stallion shares will go up for auction.

For up to date results click here.

For the catalogue and results click here,

Courtesy of the US Trotting Association's Web Newsroom

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