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Diamond Creek and Sugar Valley Farm announced today that Dan Patch winner, Downbytheseaside is fully booked and closed for the 2019 season.  In 2018, his first season at stud, Downbytheseaside served a full book of 140 mares and boasted an in-foal rate of over ninety percent.  His stellar pregnancy rates combined with his pedigree and performance on the racetrack, led him to a repeat full book in 2019.    Downbytheseaside is currently spending the fall at Woodlands Stud in New Zealand.  He will return to Sugar Valley (Ohio) in January, ready for another successful season.    Diamond Creek also announced that the World Champion, Always B Miki, is currently oversubscribed and in high demand. For breeders that had planned on booking to him in 2019, applications must be in by Monday, December 3rd, whereupon his book will be closed.   Downbytheseaside     Downbytheseaside (Chris Page) won the Standardbred (two-year-old colt pace) in a world record 1:50 at the Delaware County Fair on September 18, 2016.     The Hoof Beats team visited world champion pacer Downbytheseaside between his 2- and 3-year-old seasons for its Pacing Preview in the May issue.      

Woodlands Stud is proud to announce it has secured the Southern Hemisphere breeding rights to brilliant harness racing North American racehorse Downbytheseaside. A $2,000,000+ racetrack earner and the son of champion sire Somebeachsomewhere will join Australasia’s most imposing stallion roster. In a breath-taking career Downbytheseaside, is the equal fastest 2-year-old in history pacing 1.49! In his freshman year he also paced a ‘World Record’ 1.50 on a half-mile track. As a 2-year-old he banked over $577,000 in purses and recorded eight wins. As a 3-year-old Downbytheseaside won a staggering $1.6 million in stakes. In a crop of great horses among them Huntsville and Fear The Dragon, he was named the 2017 Dan Patch 3YO Pacing Colt of the Year. We are genuinely excited to offer fresh chilled semen to Southern Hemisphere breeders from a champion son of Somebeachsomewhere. From a Woodlands Stud perspective Downbytheseaside ticks all the boxes. We expect him to be very popular with breeders, with his exceptional looks, staggering juvenile speed, terrific gait, talent and pedigree. Most importantly he will cross with many mares, especially daughters of Bettor’s Delight. His service fee will be $6,000 + GST in both Australia and New Zealand. Downbytheseaside joins one of the world’s strongest standardbred rosters. He will share the breeding shed with champion stallion Bettor’s Delight, American Ideal, Sweet Lou, Highview Tommy and Pegasus Spur. For bookings or enquires about Downbytheseaside in New Zealand please contact Stacey Markham on 021 595 492 or via email stacey@woodlandsstud.co.nz and in Australia contact Mark Hughes on 04 5165 0707 or via email mark@woodlandsstud.co.nz. For a full pedigree click on this link. Downbytheseaside won the Standardbred (two-year-old colt pace) in a world record 1:50  Downbytheseaside, Carl Milstein Memorial 2017 Downbytheseaside - Governors Cup Final Downbytheseaside - Hoof Beats Pacing preview Downbytheseaside - Breeders Crown Elimination Downbytheseaside - Art Rooney Final

Hightstown, NJ --- Not often does a trainer work with two horses in the same division that both earn a million dollars, but such was the case last year for Brian Brown. In fact, Brown became the first harness racing trainer in 13 years to accomplish the feat with two 3-year-old male pacers, Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. Those two stars are gone this year, off to perform stallion duties, but Brown is optimistic about his stable’s chances of enjoying another strong campaign in 2018. Brown set career highs in wins with 151 and purses with $5.79 million last year and was named Trainer of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. His earnings were fourth best in North America despite having fewer starts than any trainer in the top 16. Now, the 53-year-old Ohio resident turns his attention to 2018. “The scary part is replacing Seaside and Dragon,” Brown said. “I’ve got Blazin Britches coming back and I’ve got some 3-year-olds that I think have promise. I don’t expect them to be Seaside or Dragon, but I think they could be nice horses that could go out and earn $300,000 or $400,000 possibly. “My 2-year-olds, I’ve got so many that I can’t tell you that a particular horse stands out, but I’ve got a bunch that I really like right now. So we have a lot of optimism for this year. I just don’t have those two horses that I know are coming back that should make it a great year.” Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon led the sport in earnings last year, with $1.60 million and $1.35 million, respectively. They were the first 3-year-old male pacing stablemates to finish the year with $1 million apiece since Timesareachanging and Western Terror for trainer Brett Pelling in 2004. Downbytheseaside won the Dan Patch Award as the sport’s best 3-year-old male pacer and was joined as a Dan Patch Award winner by the Brown-trained Blazin Britches, who captured 11 of 15 races and was named the top 3-year-old female pacer. Brown was the first trainer to cash that double since 1995 when Joe Holloway did it with Jenna’s Beach Boy and She’s A Great Lady. As for this season, Brown hopes 3-year-old male pacer Done Well can do well to help fill the void left by Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon. Last year, Done Well was 4-for-4 on the Pennsylvania-restricted stakes circuit before being sidelined by a cannon bone fracture. “I think he is the caliber of those horses,” Brown said, referring to Downbytheseaside and Fear The Dragon.. “The problem is that he didn’t go a whole year to be able to prove he’s that good. “But I think he’s a good horse. He has to stay sound, the same as everybody else. Where his crack was, in the cannon bone, once it heals up we should be in great shape. It’s not in a joint so I don’t have to worry about calcium buildup or wear and tear on that joint.” Brown will spend the winter in Florida getting his stable ready for this year’s campaign. He has 113 horses there, with 75 being 2-year-olds. “They’ll show us pretty soon whether they even have a chance to be those kinds of horses,” Brown said. “Those horses are just hard to come by, so it’s hard to replace them. But when I’m starting with 70-some yearlings every year, I think I have a shot to do that. It just doesn’t happen every year because horses can still come up with problems.” Brown, in addition to his career highs in wins and purses last year, had a career-best .402 trainer’s rating and has posted 10 consecutive years better than .300. “What I’m most proud of my whole career is my percentage,” Brown said. “It stays above .300 most of the time. I think if you’re batting .300 you’re doing pretty good. To me, that means we’re still winning races where we have to race. To me, that’s the biggest barometer of how well you’re doing. “Of course, this is a business and the money is the most important thing,” he continued, adding with a laugh, “If I had a .200 average and made $10 million instead of $5.7 million, well, I’m sure I’m going to be just as happy.” Brown hopes to enjoy another season winning races on the Grand Circuit, but is grateful for trips to the winner’s circle regardless of the venue. “Sure it’s more fun to win a Breeders Crown, the Jug, the North America Cup, but winning races is winning races,” Brown said. “It’s still a hell of a good feeling. For a lot of owners, there is an entertainment factor that plays into this. There’s something to be said for the entertainment value of winning races even though you’re not making several hundred thousand. It’s that same feeling we all get, otherwise we wouldn’t do this.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

Hightstown, NJ --- Joe Sbrocco enjoyed a successful 2017, most notably with Dan Patch Award winner Downbytheseaside, and the 76-year-old harness racing owner hopes to keep the good times rolling this year. “I’ve got more horses coming back this year than I ever have,” Sbrocco said. “I have hopes for them. We’ll see. I have a good feeling about this year.” Sbrocco said goodbye to Downbytheseaside at the conclusion of last year. The horse, who retired to stud duty in Ohio, won 14 of 22 races and a North America-leading $1.60 million last season. He was the third Dan Patch Award-winning pacer for Sbrocco, who shared ownership of Downbytheseaside with Country Club Acres, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. Sbrocco’s other Dan Patch honorees, also in partnerships, were two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous (2012-2013) and Artspeak (2014). “I like trotters, but I’ve done pretty well with pacers,” Sbrocco said. “Captain and Artspeak gave me thrills and Downbytheseaside was my latest thrill, for sure. There was so much camaraderie with this horse. We’re very close friends and (caretaker) Toni Dale Hollar promoted the heck out of him on Facebook. She’s just a wonderful, loving person. This year was right up there. “I’d advise people to go in with partners,” he added. “How many times can you get Dan Patch winners when you buy horses on your own? You’re better off. Look around and try to get partners. But I still look at every horse that I can. There isn’t a time that I don’t look at a horse before buying one.” Sbrocco, who lives near Cleveland, got started in harness racing in 1970 with his father-in-law Bob Cole. Sbrocco trained and drove horses at the county fairs for several years, but eventually put harness racing on hold to concentrate on his title agency and family. After a decade hiatus, Sbrocco returned to the sport solely as an owner. He enjoyed success in the early 2000s with stakes-winning female trotter Norway But My Way and in 2006 had the Hambletonian favorite with homebred Mr Pine Chip. The colt was unbeaten in six starts that year, but went off stride in the Hambletonian final. “He got sick,” Sbrocco said. “That was a pretty disappointing day.” Sbrocco’s top horses since then have included, but are not limited to, his three Dan Patch Award winners as well as 2012 Kentucky Futurity winner My MVP, 2007 Little Brown Jug runner-up Hot Rod Mindale, and stakes-winners Mythical Lindy, Ma Chere Hall, Goddess, and Braggart. He also was among the owners of Propulsion, who was sold in 2015 and headed to Europe, where he has become one of the sport’s top trotters. “Propulsion was the best trotter I ever saw in the field,” Sbrocco said. “I went to the farm and saw him as a baby and he totally took my heart away.” Sbrocco has horses with a number of trainers, including Tony Alagna, Chris Beaver, Brian Brown, Paul Kelley, Ray Schnittker, Ake Svanstedt, Jimmy Takter, and Linda Toscano. He partners on approximately 30 horses each year. Among his group of horses coming back this year are pacers Dragonology, Decoy, and Whos Better and trotters Sortie, White Cheetah, and Bautista. He also has hopes for a 2-year-old colt pacer by Captaintreacherous named Primo Capitano. “I’ve had some ups and downs, but I’ve had a lot of good horses,” Sbrocco said. “I’m looking forward to a good year.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Downbytheseaside, the richest harness racing racehorse of 2017, is now booked full and closed for 2018.   "We are in the enviable position of being oversubscribed," says Sugar Valley's Joe McLead, "We are proud to be part of this horse and to have him here in Ohio."   The world champion, Downbytheseaside, wrapped up his racing career with a win in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, tying his lifetime mark of 1:48.3.  He earned $2,179,558 over his lifetime and became the richest 3 year old pacer of 2017.     "The response for the horse has been outstanding, especially the support from the Ohio breeders," says Adam Bowden of Diamond Creek. "We are all very excited about the future."   Downbytheseaside will be standing his first season in 2018 at Sugar Valley Farm in partnership with Diamond Creek Farm.       

DOVER, Del. --- Downbytheseaside went out a winner rushing to a 1:48.3 victory in his final race prior to stallion duty. Harness racing driver Chris Page directed the convincing victory, his 14th of the season with a separately owned Brian Brown stablemate Fear The Dragon second. Russell Foster won two of the four $100,000 DSBF Two-Year-Old Dover Downs Finals on the Thursday, Nov. 30, the biggest day in 2017 Delaware harness racing. Diver Chris Page moved the Somebeachsomewhere colt quickly into the lead after a :26.2 opening panel. From there on it was a Downbytheseaside. The three-year-old passed the half in :54.2 and reached the three-quarters in 1:21.1 with Fear The Dragon (David Miller) 3-lengths off. A :27.1 final dash sealed the victory for owners Joe Sbrocco, Rich Lombardo, Country Club Acres and Diamond Creek Racing. For Chris Page, who was a Dover Downs regular several years back, it was the fifth time he drove Downbytheseaside, all wins. David Miller was high on Fear The Dragon's effort as well. "I thought he could go in 1:49, but the race was in 1:48.3. Bandolito and Heston Blue Chip share the track record of 1:48. This was the third edition of the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, so-named. Previously, on became the track's signature event in 1996, until adding the name of one of the sport's leading administrators, who was a part of the late Brandywine Raceway and Dover Downs. Russell Foster was star of the four $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF). The 28-year-old Foster drove two of the winners in his personal biggest day in the sport. In the DSBF freshman filly trot, Foster guided Serendipity Sable's homebred Star Sapphire conditioned by Tui Stone to her third straight triumph with a near wire-to-wire 1:59 performance. From the first crop of Anders Bluestone-Victory Starburst, she won the $100,000 Harrington final and now has a seasonal total of $125,650. Race favorite Vandalous (Corey Callahan) finished second. Foster returned in the $100,000 Colt Pace nipping race favorite Evolution Tour (Tim Tetrick) by a nose in 1:51. George Leager, bred, owns and trains the No Spin Zone-Queen Kathy colt who has made the winner's circle nine times in 11 starts with two second earning $151.797. Transitioning Joy (Montrell Teague) finished third after leaving from outside post 8. In another photo finish verdict, Sky Marshall got up in the last stride for trainer Carlo Poliseno, who owns the CR Commando-Penny Lane colt with Jane Dunavant, to win the $100,000 Colt trot. Super Fly (Art Stafford Jr.) had built up a big lead turning for home, but could not hold off Sky Marshall, who won in1:56.4, his first victory. He now has earned $76,000 in the DSBF stakes. Brother Kenny (Tetrick) was the third finisher. In yet another race decided by the photo-finish camera, Go Sandy Go overtook front-pacing Pedal Power (Tetrick) in the last stride for a 1:53.4 victory in the $100,000 Filly Pace Final. Jason Green piloted the Roddy's Bags Again-Bit Of Trick daughter for owner-breeders trainer Josh Green and Brent Outten. She has now banked $65,000 this campaign. Bags To Riches, arguably the best Delaware-sired pacer, won the $25,000 Open pace on the undercard. David Miller steered the Roddy's Bags Again-Paint The Sky Blue sophomore to his sub 1:50 performance beating Sicily (Teague) and Cajon Lightning (Gingras) home in 1:49.4.He won for the eighth time this year raising his earnings to $174,927 and $261,789 lifetime for breeder Only Money Inc. and partner trainer Jason Skinner. In another fast mile, Major Uptrend and Tony Morgan negotiated a 1:49.3 victory in a $13,000 Winners-Over pace for owners Niss Allen Inc. and trainer TimCrissman. El Bloombito (Sean Bier) and Little Ben (Tetrick) were second and third respectively.. Monday through Thursday. post time is 4:30 p.m. The daily program features a 50-cent Pick 5 (races 2-6) and a late daily double ( races 12 and 13). There is no live racing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Dover Downs. General parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant's acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600.Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. LATE AFTERNOON EARTHQUAKE AT 4.4 MAGNITUDE THURSDAY Just before the 2nd race at Dover Downs, Thursday (Nov. 30), an earthquake, said to be 4.4 magnitude, shook the racetrack and Dover, Del. vicinity. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) confirms that at 4:48 p.m. EST, a 4.4 magnitude earthquake occurred.  The coordinates of the quake (39.2N  75.4W) put the center of the quake 10 miles northeast of Dover, in the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, at a depth of eight miles. Marv Bachrad  

Dover, DE ---  Downbytheseaside overcame post position nine to win the $35,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination in 1:50.1 over harness racing stablemate Fear The Dragon on Wednesday night (Nov. 22) at Dover Downs. Chris Page drove the Brian Brown trainee to a thee length victory for his 13th win in 21 season's starts. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has now banked $1.44 million in 2017. He is owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing. Fear The Dragon finished second and Geez Joe was third in the 11-horse contest. The top eight horses in the elimination will return for the $300,000 (est.) final on Thursday (Nov. 30). Click here for a complete chart of the race. USTA Communications Department 

World champion harness racing pacer Downbytheseaside will be joining the star-studded roster of Diamond Creek Farm stallions in 2018. “We are thrilled to have one of the top Somebeachsomewheres ever to race come to Ohio,” said Sugar Valley Farm’s Joe McLead. “Ohio's program is gaining on a national scale,and this is an incredible opportunity for the growing popularity of Ohio breds. With the loss of Dragon Again, I never thought I'd be able to replace him with a horse of this caliber, but through our relationship with Diamond Creek, it has been made possible.” Downbytheseaside caused a splash as one of the best 2-year-olds in his class.  He equaled the world record (1:49) for freshman pacing colts during his International Stallion Stake division at The Red Mile and broke the world record (1:50) for his age/sex on a half-mile track when racing at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. Downbytheseaside ended his initial campaign with a dominating win in the $520,000 Governors Cup at Woodbine Racetrack. Downbytheseaside continued to perform as a 3-year-old, ending up in the winner's circle in both the $500,000 Messenger Stakes and $300,000 Art Rooney at Yonkers Raceway, and posting an impressive track-record setting 1:49 3/5 victory in the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial over Fear The Dragon at Northfield Park. Most recently, Downbytheseaside rebounded from a tough runner-up finish in the Breeders Crown with a win the $245,000 Monument Circle at Hoosier Park, setting a new lifetime mark of 1:48 3/5. “Downbytheseaside has shown his grit and determination time after time,” said Diamond Creek's Adam Bowden. “Earlier this year he was roughed up a few times, but he continued to persevere and ended up being arguably the top 3-year-old. Standing him in Ohio makes sense. The horse has Ohio racing connections and he is a good outcross for the horses there as a son of Somebeachsomewhere.” Downbytheseaside will stand at Sugar Valley Farm in 2018 in partnership with Diamond Creek Farm. The 2018 stud fee will be $6,000. For bookings or share information, please contact Diamond Creek Farm at 7176387100 or diamondcreek2@gmail.com.  The Monument Circle 3yo Pace Carl Milstein Memorial 3yo Pacers Harnesslink Media

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