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Canada's Athlete Of The Year?

Published: December 2, 2008 10:34 am ET

Last Comment: May 26, 2009 10:47 pm ET | 987 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Standardbred Canada has launched a campaign for sports writers to vote for harness racing phenom Somebeachsomewhere as the 2008 Lou Marsh Trophy recipient for Canada's athlete of the year.

Below is the open letter penned by Trot Magazine editor and Standardbred Canada's Manager of Industry Communications Darryl Kaplan to the country's sports journalists.

Not only is Somebeachsomewhere one of the greatest pacers to ever look through a bridle, his dominance transcends horse racing and places him among Canada's elite athletes.

SC invites everyone to add their name to the petition by entering their name, city and province in the comments box at the bottom of the page and then hitting the Post Comment button, making this page the online petition to be signed by racing fans from coast-to-coast.


Standardbred Canada Bids to Have Somebeachsomewhere named Lou Marsh Recipient

Horse to follow in the footsteps of 1973 U.S. Athlete of the Year - Secretariat

The following is an open letter to the Committee considering nominees for Canada's Athlete of the Year.

Dear distinguished members of the Lou Marsh Trophy Committee:

In 2008, only one Canadian athlete set three world records, posted a 93.3% win average and earned $2.5 million (more than any other horse in history) in competition.

Only one Canadian athlete was considered by many international observers to have posted the most spectacular season ever accomplished in his respective field.

Only one Canadian athlete forever changed the landscape of his sport.

That athlete is Somebeachsomewhere.

Does a horse qualify to be named Athlete of the Year? If you doubt it, simply look to 1973 – when Sports Illustrated bravely named Secretariat the United States Athlete of the Year.

Secretariat raced 12 times that season but was beaten in three of those starts. His nine wins did include the prestigious Triple Crown, though he faced only five rivals in the Preakness and four in the Belmont. Over his career, Secretariat was 16 for 21.

Somebeachsomewhere, sired in Ontario and owned and based in Truro, Nova Scotia, won 14 of his 15 races in 2008, 13 of which were stakes events. Over his career, he's 20 for 21 and is among the richest horses ever to take to a racetrack.

After an undefeated two-year-old campaign in 2007, this highly charismatic performer brought thousands of spectators out to watch him every time he raced.

In the $1.5 million North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont., he demolished the best nine pacers in the world as an adoring crowd stood on their feet to cheer him past the wire.

At the $493,000 Confederation Cup over Flamboro Downs in Dundas, Ont., he competed in two heats held just hours apart, winning in 1:51 3/5 and then 1:49 2/5 -- the fastest time a three-year-old has ever paced over a half-mile track.

At the Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky, he greeted fans in horse racing's heartland with a heart-stopping 1:46 4/5 mile, a world record for the fastest time a three-year-old has ever paced. The mark remarkably tied the world record paced by any horse of any age.

He won the Messenger Stakes in New York and the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final in Toronto through torrential rainstorms. He faced arguably the best group of horses ever assembled as even his rivals paced what would have previously been World Record times.

He won harness racing's three-year-old championship race -- the Breeders Crown -- with ease. Despite the grueling campaign, he is still scheduled to race twice more in December at Dover Downs in Delaware.

Somebeachsomewhere battled from May to December over deep and muddy surfaces and through horrendous conditions. He turned bettors and casual race-goers into true fanatics, and he spawned online fan clubs exceeding a thousand members.

His only loss, a neck defeat in the Meadowlands Pace, arguably became the best mile in history after he was forced to travel wide for much of the race, including a three-wide battle during the backstretch portion of the event.

Somebeachsomewhere has become a harness racing superstar – and there is no doubt that his sport is of sufficient stature to warrant consideration.

Harness racing in Canada values its participants like few other sports in the country. With an annual purse account of more than $240 million, Canadian standardbred racing ranks well above the CFL and the Canadian franchises in the NBA and Major League Baseball in terms of compensation. In all likelihood, only Canada's NHL interests will offer its athletes a higher total pay structure in 2008.

Wagering on Canadian standardbred racing, the only fair measure of attendance since tracks phased out admissions, will likely reach just shy of $500 million in 2008 – a gross revenue number matched by few in the sports world.

It wouldn't be the first time harness racing came to the forefront of Canadian athleticism. In 1971, driver Herve Filion was the recipient of the Lou Marsh Trophy.

Even in thoroughbred racing, Canada has never produced a horse quite like Somebeachsomewhere. Even the great Northern Dancer, a legend in the racing history of our country, was ranked just 43rd in Bloodhorse Magazine's list of the all-time best thoroughbreds.

Some standardbred historians place Somebeachsomewhere on the top of the all-time list, quite an accomplishment considering that long before leagues like the NBA, NHL and NFL existed, harness racing was, in the early 1900s, North America's number one spectator sport.

On Tuesday, December 2, Standardbred Canada will post an online petition at www.standardbredcanada.ca to garner support in naming Somebeachsomewhere the recipient of the 2008 Lou Marsh Award. In under a day, it will have upward of 1,000 signatures.

It is with great pride that we can call Somebeachsomewhere Canada's own. And we are very hopeful he will be named Canada's next Lou Marsh Trophy recipient as he is, without a doubt, Canada's top athlete of 2008.

With sincerest regards,

Darryl Kaplan

Manager of Industry Communications, Standardbred Canada

Editor of Trot Magazine

905-858-3077, ext.241

[email protected]


Somebeachsomewhere Sets 1:46.4 World Record

May 26, 2009 - 10:47 pmSBSW is probably the

SBSW is probably the greatest horse living today, but the equipment and the tracks gearing for speed there will be another soon, and probably this year, mister big would have run anyone down last year, i am glad the owner and the trainer didn't try to go with this monster,because i am sure it would have broke down SBSW, and break a lot our hearts too.
as far as athlete of the year SBSW without a doubt

February 6, 2009 - 12:49 pmAre you any relations to a

Carolyn Tuttle (not verified) SAID...

Are you any relations to a Brad Dwayne Huxted? If so this is an od girlfriend of His, My Name is Carolyn, And I live in the States. Florida to be exact. Any way if you do know him please send him my love, I miss him and think about him Every Day!! No Lie. I hope and pray that he is in good health and Happy. I had heard he was married,I hope he truely is Happy. Thank you,,, Carolyn

January 21, 2009 - 11:23 pmDebbie Beresford,

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Debbie Beresford, Mississauga, Ontario

The best by far. Amazing to watch.

January 17, 2009 - 11:23 pmDuncan Schamber Red Deer

Duncan (not verified) SAID...

Duncan Schamber Red Deer Alberta

January 15, 2009 - 4:21 pmTHE BEACH IS THE GREATEST

RMK NEW WATERFORD CAPE BRETON (not verified) SAID...

THE BEACH IS THE GREATEST HARNESS HORSE I HAVE EVER WATCHED RACE. IN THE SPORT OF HARNESS RACING HE WILL BE KNOWN AS THE GREATEST ATHLETE OF ALL TIME, PERIOD.

January 6, 2009 - 8:55 pmHorse racing is a sport

Danny Blewer (not verified) SAID...

Horse racing is a sport also,so vote for Somebeachsomewhere.

January 1, 2009 - 1:34 pmNicole Péloquin Les

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Nicole Péloquin
Les Coteaux, Qc

Somebeachsomewhere est un cheval exceptionnel et doit être reconnu pour ses marques exceptionnelles! Yes for me.

December 29, 2008 - 10:08 pmSBSW has my vote for Athlete

Cathy Taylor, ON (not verified) SAID...

SBSW has my vote for Athlete of the Year award. He is an exceptional animal and truly seemed to know
that the fans loved him.

December 23, 2008 - 5:14 pmWho would even consider any

Morning Star Acres (not verified) SAID...

Who would even consider any other athlete. Especially a true Canadian like Beach. Let the Maritime athlete be given single handed this award. He is certainly a potential horse to go down in history....

Go Beach Go

From a Standardbred owner to another.....Full support and thumbs up all the way.

December 21, 2008 - 9:51 pmharness racing is like

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

harness racing is like hockey in that it is where canadians excel.somebeach is so much the best that he should be the lou marsh winner.
stan wharry
saltspring island b.c.

stan wharry

December 21, 2008 - 10:35 amLong Live the "beast from

P. Denomme (not verified) SAID...

Long Live the "beast from the east" that gave us Canadians all those great memories!!

December 18, 2008 - 11:46 pmShow the world what Canada

angus l campbell (not verified) SAID...

Show the world what Canada has to offer when it comes to world champions . human or animal Beach was bred raced ,trained,driven allCanadian. What more could he offer to the world of sports He proved his might all over North American tracks in an amazing way and in my mind he is Canadas athlete of the year whatever they decide.The only regret i have is i never had the opportunity to see him except in simulcasting venues, but nevertheless somepeople never had the opportunity to see other Greats preform Period.

December 18, 2008 - 9:25 amFAR AS I CAN SEE I THINK

JOE MCKENNA (not verified) SAID...

FAR AS I CAN SEE I THINK THIS IS THE GREATEST HARNESS RACING HORSE OF ALL TIME EVER HE S GOT MY VOTE GREAT FOR THE MARTIMES FOR RAISING SUCH FINE RACE HORSES CONGRATTS TO THE DRIVER N TO THE OWNERS SHAMW WE WON T SEE HIM RACE NEXT YEAR

December 17, 2008 - 6:25 pmI BELIEVE THIS HORSE IS

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

I BELIEVE THIS HORSE IS DEFINITLY in line to receive this award, congrats to all the folks from Down East.

73 yr old fan.

December 17, 2008 - 10:15 amThe Beach is the perfect

Mimi LeCain (not verified) SAID...

The Beach is the perfect athlete! He deserves to win ! He loves to race and isn't forced to compete.

December 16, 2008 - 3:55 pmThe Beach definitely

Trevor Otterson (not verified) SAID...

The Beach definitely deserves to be the althlete of the year. What other sport this year has an athlete that even competes with him.

Has he brought more recognition to his sport and increased attendence? Yes

Has he had a huge fan following? Yes

Has he been the top athlete in his own sport worldwide? Yes

Has he set personal or yearly records? Yes and all time world recrds for his sport.

Has he been consistent? Yes

Has he become RECOGNIZED OUTSIDE OF HIS MAIN SPORT? Yes he has become a householdname similiar to other great Canadian and top world athletes.

If the Beach is not recognized as top CXanadian athlete this year it will be a huge mistake by the voters. A race car driver has won Athlete of the year and they have a car that does the work !!! That would be like saying Paul deserves to be athlete of the year because he drove this horse. ok back to reality.

In a time where athletes are continously being found guilty of performance enhancement drugs and altered equipment to increase performance it is time to recognize this amazing animal for what he is. An Athlete !! But not just an athlete, one who has been tested continuously for performance enhancing drugs and passed. He then set all age world records at an early stage in most horses careers. That like a second year player setting new scoring records in hockey.

I am unsure if the criteria for athlete of the year says that the winner must be able to speak and give an acceptance speech but I see it as the only legitimate reason that he could not be included. Then again I am sure its not easy to understand some of the previous winners either.

December 15, 2008 - 10:50 pmENOUGH SAID BEST OF THE BEST

keith brown (not verified) SAID...

ENOUGH SAID BEST OF THE BEST

December 14, 2008 - 7:22 pmWolfgang Weber Saint John,

Wolfgang Weber (not verified) SAID...

Wolfgang Weber
Saint John, N.B.

What more can one say? This is the greatest harness horse in the history of the sport!! How many Canadian athletes hold multiple WORLD Records?

December 14, 2008 - 5:14 pmsomebeachsomewhere should be

Wayne Hardy (not verified) SAID...

somebeachsomewhere should be Canada's athlete of the year.

Wayne Hardy
Sydney, NS
Canada

December 14, 2008 - 10:06 amSomebeachsomewhere is the

Gord Hayes (not verified) SAID...

Somebeachsomewhere is the horse of the year nobody can contest him

December 14, 2008 - 7:14 amThis is my favorite Canadian

Dale Lorenz (not verified) SAID...

This is my favorite Canadian horse since On The Road Again and he should win.

December 11, 2008 - 8:04 pmNo Contest -he is the

Dan O'Neill (not verified) SAID...

No Contest -he is the greatest!

December 11, 2008 - 7:38 pmI think that Some Beach

Alivia Gogush (not verified) SAID...

I think that Some Beach should most definatly earn this award.

December 11, 2008 - 3:20 pmannette wiseman - okotoks

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

annette wiseman - okotoks alberta

December 11, 2008 - 8:33 amMake the Beach athlete of

Ashley Carter (not verified) SAID...

Make the Beach athlete of the year!

December 10, 2008 - 10:54 pmBeach all the

Lily Sampson (not verified) SAID...

Beach all the way!
Lily
Mount Uniacke, NS

December 10, 2008 - 6:48 pmchris nicholson halifax n.s.

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

chris nicholson
halifax n.s.

December 10, 2008 - 5:13 pmI was blown away by the

j. kucera (not verified) SAID...

I was blown away by the beautiful SomebeachSomeWhere as I watched the news here in Canada. He should be athlete of the year....he as amazing spirit and loves to run and loves what he was born to do. I would love to see him get a medal and attention he so very much deserves....

December 10, 2008 - 4:02 pmSBSW is not only a candidate

Geoff Ball (not verified) SAID...

SBSW is not only a candidate but an absolute sure win for this award. I have had the pleasure of meeting the Beach and some of his family and this horse and his team are as high class as they come. This award would top off an incredible career for the Beach and close a chapter that we will all remember for a lifetime. I truely hope Brent and Rhonda can enjoy another "Beach" down the road and wish them all well in the future. I must also thank Chris Connor for setting up the meet and greet with the Beach and he too is truely a classy gentleman that will be missed in the sport of horse racing.

Regards and Thank You

Geoff

December 10, 2008 - 12:37 pmIS THERE ANY

Sue Seeley (not verified) SAID...

IS THERE ANY DOUBT!!!!

Somebeachsomewhere, awesome,brilliant,amazing,once in a lifetime racehorse, what is there to consider, hands down Canadian Athlete of the Year. Given for Canadian Horse and Three Old for 2008.

Look forward to seeing his offspring in the coming years.

December 10, 2008 - 11:52 amSigning my name for this

Mic Morose (not verified) SAID...

Signing my name for this champion athlete,

Mic Morose
Surrey, B.C.

December 10, 2008 - 8:11 amNorah Parks New Lowell

Norah (not verified) SAID...

Norah Parks
New Lowell Ontario

December 9, 2008 - 8:19 pmStephanie Mclellan Truro,

Stephanie Mclellan (not verified) SAID...

Stephanie Mclellan
Truro, N.S

December 9, 2008 - 8:03 pmJeff Gillis, Guelph,ON

Jeff Gillis, Guelph,ON (not verified) SAID...

Jeff Gillis, Guelph,ON

December 9, 2008 - 6:23 pmwhat can i say, i wish it

mike mcallister (not verified) SAID...

what can i say, i wish it would be in my stable , the best ever what a horse congrat
to the Beach and Stable, good luck u deserve it big time go BEACH go.

December 9, 2008 - 5:12 pmBeach est un athlète

Marcel Lapointe (not verified) SAID...

Beach est un athlète d'exception. Un modèle.

December 9, 2008 - 4:40 pmI was once a great horse

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

I was once a great horse racing fan, when my father was alive, but have not really paid much attention to it in the last 5 years. I am glad that I have had this forum to read all the posted accolades about SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE. I had never thought about an animal as being "athelet of the year." My first instinct was that this honor should go to a "human", however, after reading all your comments I am now a believer that "athlete" can refer to an incrediable accomplishment by man or beast. I wish I had had the opportunity to see "Beach" when I was down in Truro/New Glasgow many times in the last few years. I, for one, would have benefitted from more publicity about this great sport. For someone who had been brought up with horseracing, I was not very informed about this great experience that I have missed. I vote YESSSSSSSSSS for this great honor to be bestowed on "Beach"

December 9, 2008 - 3:44 pmWithout a doubt he is

Ted Acheson (not verified) SAID...

Without a doubt he is Canada'a Athlete of the year. His performance was nothing short of miraculous. Even in the one race that he didn't win, (finished 2nd by a neck in 1:47 flat) his performance was astounding. He IS the best athlete in the country bar none.

December 9, 2008 - 1:19 pmPaul Henderson, Ancaster

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Paul Henderson, Ancaster

December 9, 2008 - 12:12 pmAn athlete is an athlete,

Wendy Campbell (not verified) SAID...

An athlete is an athlete, with two legs or four. A lot of human athlete's could not carry the schedule that our four legged athlete's do and do as well as most of them do. Beach has served as a brilliant ambassador to Standardbred Harness racing and its community at a time when racing seems to be losing it's fan base. We need more like him and some education and then maybe the public would have the same huge soft spot in their hearts for our horses that we do and realize what a tremendous contribution they make to our sometimes tragic world. Four legs doesn't make them any less worthy and at least human athletes have a choice in what they do, for the most part, the horses don't have that choice and still love their work and their people.

December 9, 2008 - 12:03 pmBeach was truly amazing this

Steve Wilson (not verified) SAID...

Beach was truly amazing this year,an absolute pleasure to watch every time on the track. He definitely deserves Athlete of the Year.

Steve Wilson
Bible Hill NS

December 9, 2008 - 12:01 pmChristina Gillis Truro, NS

Christina (not verified) SAID...

Christina Gillis
Truro, NS

December 9, 2008 - 11:59 amSpruce Grove, Alberta

Mona Hill (not verified) SAID...

Spruce Grove, Alberta

December 9, 2008 - 11:44 amHe is the most dominant

David Rankine (not verified) SAID...

He is the most dominant athlete in his sport in Canada....and perhaps the world! He deserves the recognition.

David Rankine,
Halifax, N.S.

December 9, 2008 - 11:43 amHe is certainly deserving!

Brent Campbell, Charlottetown PE (not verified) SAID...

He is certainly deserving!

December 9, 2008 - 11:42 amSomebeach for athlete of the

Marilyn O'Brien (not verified) SAID...

Somebeach for athlete of the year!

Marilyn O'Brien

Antigonish,N.S.

December 9, 2008 - 11:36 amJoseph upshaw ponoka ab.

joseph upshaw (not verified) SAID...

Joseph upshaw
ponoka ab.

December 9, 2008 - 11:34 amAn athlete like this only

Bob Kowalsky (not verified) SAID...

An athlete like this only comes along once in a lifetime. The Beach is just that athlete.

December 9, 2008 - 11:25 amMelanie Roberts Atlanta, GA,

Melanie Roberts (not verified) SAID...

Melanie Roberts

Atlanta, GA, USA

December 9, 2008 - 11:25 amMarion Stratton Belleville,

Marion Stratton (not verified) SAID...

Marion Stratton

Belleville, ON

December 9, 2008 - 11:12 amAn incredible athlete in an

howard pearce (not verified) SAID...

An incredible athlete in an increasingly popular sport.He has touched the
lives of thousands and will be remembered forever.

December 9, 2008 - 11:11 amTRULY AMAZING HORSE, HE

LWOODIN (not verified) SAID...

TRULY AMAZING HORSE, HE DESERVES THIS PRESTIGOUS AWARD [LOU MARSH ]
L.WOODIN

December 9, 2008 - 11:10 amSomebeachsomewhere-Without a

GL (not verified) SAID...

Somebeachsomewhere-Without a doubt he has brought more accolades and athletic championship form, to his sport, than any other Canadian athlete this year. WHY NOT THE LOU MARSH AWARD?
I can't think of any athlete who has accomplished more. Can you?

December 9, 2008 - 11:08 amPatricia Stratton, Kingston,

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Patricia Stratton, Kingston, ON

December 9, 2008 - 11:04 amCount me in. I have

Claude (not verified) SAID...

Count me in. I have travelled to Ontario from Newfoundland twice to see him. Somebeachsomewhere Canadian Athlete of the year hands down. Not a dis to any human in the running it's just that this horse is something special.
Claude Mercer

December 9, 2008 - 11:04 amI vote for the Beach as I

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

I vote for the Beach as I believe he is the Best thing that has happened in our sport in many years To hear the fans cheering and so happy again is music to our ears.
He has done wonderfully and the races were thrilling.
Marlene Fisher 105 Emerald Ct. Freelton,Ont. L0R 1K0

December 9, 2008 - 10:58 amPaul Fisher Boca Raton Flo.

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Paul Fisher
Boca Raton Flo.

December 9, 2008 - 10:55 amSBSW is the 3 year old of

Charles Colbrunn (not verified) SAID...

SBSW is the 3 year old of the year, the pacer of the year, the horse of the year and should seriously be considered the athlete of the year. This standardbred is without a doubt the horse of a lifetime and the first true champion in the 21st century!

December 9, 2008 - 10:46 amThe Beach dominated his

George Emsland (not verified) SAID...

The Beach dominated his sport in 2008 like no other athlete, human or not!

December 9, 2008 - 10:46 amBrooke Misasi Fergus,

Brooke Misasi (not verified) SAID...

Brooke Misasi
Fergus, Ontario

December 9, 2008 - 10:45 amAntigonish, NS The Beach IS

Rhonda McCarron (not verified) SAID...

Antigonish, NS

The Beach IS the Canadian Athlete of the Year!

December 9, 2008 - 10:43 amJeff

Jeff Renton SAID...

Jeff Renton

Somebeachsomewhere definitely gets my vote, 100%.

There was a vote/comment on page 13 of this petition, which, in my opinion, sums this situation up rather well. The comment was by a fellow named Scott MacDonald, and it appears below in its entirety. Talk about hitting the nail on the head.

"Here is an athlete who never renegotiated his contract, brooded about playing time, competed at every asking,and was an ambassador for his sport. To watch The Beach pace was to watch the Babe hit or experience the great Ali box. If the main stream media choses to not recognize this great athlete it will be their loss."

December 9, 2008 - 10:43 amhe is the best of the best

darren biggar (not verified) SAID...

he is the best of the best and a class above the rest it will be a long time before you see a horse do what the beach has done

December 9, 2008 - 10:41 amSimply amazing! Lynn

Lynn MacDonell (not verified) SAID...

Simply amazing!

Lynn MacDonell
Guelph, ON

December 9, 2008 - 10:40 amGinette Seguin Gatineau,

Ginette Seguin (not verified) SAID...

Ginette Seguin
Gatineau, Quebec

December 9, 2008 - 10:29 amA definite contender!! Alex

Kathy McBride (not verified) SAID...

A definite contender!!
Alex and Kathy McBride, Almonte, Ontario, Canada

December 9, 2008 - 10:20 amPlease add my vote to name

Caroline Thornton (not verified) SAID...

Please add my vote to name Somebeachsomewhere the Athlete of the yaer in Canada.

December 9, 2008 - 10:14 amThis horse deserves this, he

Mike De Santis (not verified) SAID...

This horse deserves this, he is the best horse i have ever seen on a racetrack!

December 9, 2008 - 9:39 amBill James, Hamilton,

Bill James (not verified) SAID...

Bill James, Hamilton, Ont

Saw him win the Confederation Cup like a true champion

December 9, 2008 - 9:35 amBeach is amazing. I was

Christine (not verified) SAID...

Beach is amazing. I was lucky enough to meet him in person just after the OSS finals at his farm. It was like Christmas!! Brent and Rhonda are the most down to earth people you will ever meet. I love this horse!!!! My vote is YES!!!!!!!

Christine
Mississauga, Ontario

December 9, 2008 - 9:25 amNo contest, the Beach is

Melvin Ryan of Cape Breton (not verified) SAID...

No contest, the Beach is 2008 athlete of the year, he makes me proud.

December 9, 2008 - 9:23 amOf course he is athlete of

Maxine Wood (not verified) SAID...

Of course he is athlete of the year, no one put forth more effort.

December 9, 2008 - 9:02 amSomebeachsomewhere is the

Paul Gangle Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Somebeachsomewhere is the greatest attribute to harness racing since Cam Fella. He gets my vote for athelete of the year.

December 9, 2008 - 8:34 amI hope Somebeachsomewhere

Mannie Boutilier (not verified) SAID...

I hope Somebeachsomewhere wins Athlete of the year, he deserves it. Get well soon.

December 9, 2008 - 8:25 amWho would ever guess that a

Phyllis Creelman-Roberts (not verified) SAID...

Who would ever guess that a horse of this caliber would come out of a little ol' track in Truro, Nova Scotia. I have been involved in the horse industry for over 40 years and it's about time the real althete of the human-equine partnership is rewarded for the recognition they so rightfully deserve. Beach has my vote hands down.

December 9, 2008 - 8:25 amLouis Ascah Orford QC The

Louis Ascah (not verified) SAID...

Louis Ascah Orford QC

The Beach has had the greatest pacing season in a long time.
Beaten only once by a slim neck in the fastest race time (then) for a three year old after a brutal trip and gutting it out in the stretch.
He also set the world record for the fastest race time of all 146:4 as promised.
(Like beating the all time NHL scoring record for goals).
And finally he capped it off by winning the Breeder's Crown
(Like winning the Stanley Cup).
I believe this makes the Beach Canada's athlete of the year of the year.

December 9, 2008 - 8:22 amWayne Williams

Wayne Williams (not verified) SAID...

Wayne Williams Goulds,Newfoundland He is a great horse & has a great trainer & driver. Congratulations!

December 9, 2008 - 8:16 amA HORSE OF THIS CALIBRE

MARGOT CHRISTIE (not verified) SAID...

A HORSE OF THIS CALIBRE COMES ALONG ONCE IN A LIFETIME. WITH THE ECONOMY TANKING, 'THE BEACH', IS A LIFELINE--SOMETHING POSITIVE, CLEAN AND AN EXAMPLE OF 'DOING IT RIGHT ALL THE WAY THROUGH'. BRET AND THE OTHER OWNERS AND 'THE BEACH' ARE A RALLYING POINT FOR ALL SPORT, FOR OUR PROVINCE OF N.S., FOR OUR NATION.THERE IS NO OTHER ATHLETE OUT THERE LIKE' THE BEACH.' ATHLETE OF THE YEAR--NO CONTEST!

December 9, 2008 - 8:10 amEmily Perry Charlottetown,

Emily Perry (not verified) SAID...

Emily Perry
Charlottetown, PEI

December 9, 2008 - 7:59 amI absolutely believe this

P Macneil (not verified) SAID...

I absolutely believe this beautiful animal should be Athlete of the Year. As another gentleman mentioned here this is athlete of the year not person of the year and Somebeachsomewhere has gone above and beyond any expections. The fabulous Secretariat won the American version in the 70's and Beach is the Secretartiat of harness racing! Good luck Beach!

P MacNeil
New Glasgow Nova Scotia

December 9, 2008 - 7:00 amCanadian Athlete of the year

Jennifer MacKinnon (not verified) SAID...

Canadian Athlete of the year

December 9, 2008 - 6:50 amMike MacNeil Cole Harbour,

Mike_MacNeil (not verified) SAID...

Mike MacNeil
Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia

December 9, 2008 - 5:57 amHe has my vote!

Barb Thurber (not verified) SAID...

He has my vote!

December 9, 2008 - 5:30 amPeter Clements Dobbinton,

Peter Clements (not verified) SAID...

Peter Clements
Dobbinton, Ontario

December 9, 2008 - 12:16 amHe is a truly amazing

Jason Schmiedge (not verified) SAID...

He is a truly amazing athlete and deserves every accolade. He and his connections have been great ambassadors. But I wish we could have used this Athlete of the Year nomination earlier in the year to better market our sport. After watching the CBC National tonight, I'm sure a lot of non-racing people would like to have seen what this "athlete" was all about. But now they won't be able to see him in action. We need marketing like this to make our sport vibrant again and to gain new interests. Keep on marketing and great idea nominating SBSW for the Lou Marsh Award.

Jason Schmiedge
Warman, SK

December 8, 2008 - 11:31 pmNo dout he is the best. Way

The Gilberts (not verified) SAID...

No dout he is the best. Way to go and everyone wishes they could one of him....

Brandon,Manitoba

December 8, 2008 - 11:23 pmIf the Beach is the best

W. Hutcherson (not verified) SAID...

If the Beach is the best athlete that Canada has at present why should this horse not be recognized as such? I am all for pushing for the best.

December 8, 2008 - 11:17 pmSince the U.S. had

Jean Crochetiere (not verified) SAID...

Since the U.S. had Secretariat, why shouldn't we have our Beach? From all the four legged athletes, good luck in your bid to become Canada's "Athlete of the year"

If the Lou Marsh Trophy truly goes to athlete of the year, you deserve it SOMEBEACHSOMEWHERE!

Jean & Susan Crochetiere
Edmonton, Alberta

December 8, 2008 - 11:16 pmHe is a real champion. Who

Colin Clayton, Langley, B.C. (not verified) SAID...

He is a real champion. Who could ask for more.

December 8, 2008 - 10:55 pmI am not a racing fan. I

Mary Howard (not verified) SAID...

I am not a racing fan. I know nothing about Standardbreds, butI know how to appreciate the athleticism of horses. They train hard, work hard, live to compete, give their all and many are outstanding individuals. I have never met or watched Somebeachsomewhere, but I can understand the contribution he makes every time he steps out on the track. I suspect he would make a wonderful Canadian Ambassador, along with Big Ben, Northern Dancer and the like. I whole heartedly endorse his nomination for Canadian Athlete of the Year


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