One of the greatest harness racing horses of the modern era is coming 'Down Under' - not via frozen semen - but the actual champion himself! Somebeachsomewhere (1:46.4), the 2008 North America Horse-of-the-Year, will stand at Empire Stallions in Victoria. His owner/trainer Brent MacGrath confirmed this to Harnesslink today (Friday June 29).
It is the first time in the history of the conservative Hanover Shoe Farms that they have sent an actual stallion 'Down Under'.
The 7-year-old son of super sire and Wheres The Beach ( ) will leave Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania on July 9 and return to the USA in January.
His former trainer and part-owner, Brent MacGrath, said the winner of 20 of his 21 starts and $3,328,755, will have payment received per live foal.
David James of Empire Stallions could not be contacted when Harnesslink tried to get a hold of him today (Friday June 29).
Last year's frozen semen could be bought for A$12,000 via Pepper Tree Farm in New South Wales, Australia.
But MacGrath was very happy about sending the superstar to the Southern Hemisphere,
"We are excited for the people of Australia and New Zealand because we know they followed his career closely. He wasn't just a champion up here but he was a champion the world over. I know there have been many stories written about him and his career was well documented. Everyone deserves a slice of him," MacGrath told Harnesslink.
has already made a big impact on the North American breeding scene.
His first crop was well received at the 2011 sales with 18 yearlings selling for over $100,000 including one for $450,000 and one for $250,000 at Lexington. His yearling sale average led all stallions in 2011 with $63,194 (from 95 sold).
Some of his progeny have already hit the racetrack, while many others are about to embark on their two-year-old campaigns. He has served 155 mares this year.
His first crop have already hit the racetrack in 2012. Of his 124 two-year-olds - 63 have been to the qualifying trials comprising 30 trial winners (including 29 in two minutes).
"His book is still open at Hanover (Shoe Farms) until July 7. I'm sure he will experience the same success 'Down Under' because this horse has never ever had any issues.
He has never once been injected.
"We looked at other stallions like, Bettor's Delight and , who have all stood 'Down Under' and they have left some nice horses and returned up here in good health. We did quite a bit of research on this. We are very much looking forward to seeing how much of an impression he can make down there," Bible Hill (Novia Scotia) based MacGrath said.
has always commanded buyer attention.
"After his first race we were offered $700,000 for him and the offers have risen to as high as $9 million. There is no way he is for sale now. That would be a crazy business decision," he said.
MacGrath is one of six original shareholders in the stunning bay. He said they sold 25 per cent and maintained a 75 per cent share. The 25 per cent comprises Haonver Shoe Farms (10%) and 18 shareholders (15%).
MacGrath said he would follow the horse to Australia in November.
"I would like to come down and see how he is progressing and monitor the reaction he receives down there. I would also like to watch some racing in both countries around that time," he said.
"We held off in his first four years of breeding here," MacGrath continued. "There was a very good offer made to us and we thought it was in the best interest of the group. We don't think it is going to put any undue stress on Beach. He's a very laid-back horse who loves to travel and he likes change," he added.
And MacGrath has put his money where his mouth is.
"I've got two by him - a Bunny Lake (1:49; $3,000,000+) filly and Sepia Hanover colt I bought as a weanling at Harrisburg."
's semen will be available in New Zealand this season. It is believed he will stand 'Down Under' for A$12,500
ON THE RACETRACK:
Horse of the Year in Canada. He won 14 of 15 starts at three including the $1.5m North America Cup (1:49s), $650,000 Messenger Stake (1:52.1h), $500,000 Breeders Crown (in 1:48.3m), $463,420 Confederation Cup (1:49.2h), $293,000 Tattersalls Pace (1:47.4m), $246,000 ONSS Super Final (1:50.3s by 11-3/4 lengths), ONSS Gold Final (1:49.2s), Simcoe Stake (1:50.1s), Burlington Stake (1:51.3s) and took a World Record of 1:46.4m by 7-1/2 lengths in the Bluegrass Stake.dominated his sophomore class and made O'Brien Award history by being unanimously voted
His year end accolades also included, Dan Patch and Nova Awards.
He was a perfect six for six his freshman season taking Two Year Old Pacer of the Year and co-Horse of the Year awards in Canada after winning the $950,000 Metro Stake in a World Record of 1:49.3s for two year old pacers, Nassagawey Stake, Champlain Stake, and Battle of Waterloo.
by Duane RANGER (editor)
- Bluegrass - 1:46.4 World Record
- Pepsi North America Cup 25
- 2007 Metro Pace Final