Is He Better Than 'Beach'?
Published: July 24, 2009 7:56 am ET
Last Comment: July 29, 2009 3:57 pm ET | 29 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments
The owner of pacing powerhouse Art Official, who heads into this Sunday's Ben Franklin final at Harrah's Chester as the 3-1 second choice, has gone on the record stating that his pacer was better than 2008 Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere.
Recently talking to HarnessLink about possibly selling the son of Art Major to southern hemisphere interests, owner James Jesk said the following:
"It has to be a sensible offer because he is one of the world's best pacers. He's better than good. Nearly everyone says that Somebeachsomewhere was the best racehorse in North America, but I honestly believe my colt was better. We proved that in last year's Meadowlands Pace. Just wait until the end of this Stakes season and you will see just how good he really is."
Trained by Joe Seekman, Art Official is 2-for-5 to start his four-year-old campaign against one of the deepest open pacing divisions in the history of the sport. The pacer will leave from post 4 in Sunday's $500,000 Franklin final and was a wire-to-wire 1:49.2 elimination winner last Sunday.