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MacGrath On Scratching 'The Beach'


Published: December 8, 2008 10:00 am ET

Last Comment: December 14, 2008 10:06 am ET | 13 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

World champion Somebeachsomewhere has been scratched from Monday night’s elimination heat of the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs in Delaware because he has a fever.

Trainer Brent MacGrath says the three-year-old stallion contracted a virus over the weekend. Due to the scratch, 'The Beach' will not be able to contest the final, thus ending his tremendous racing career.

“He is really not feeling well,” said MacGrath, who said he regretted he had to scratch the horse. “We had been looking forward to his last two scheduled starts in the Matron, but that’s not going to happen.”

MacGrath told Atlantic Post Calls that Somebeachsomewhere was being treated by a veterinarian at the New York state farm of trainer Mark Ford. Plans to take the stallion to Hanover Shoe farm to prepare for a career at stud were on hold until he recovers from the illness.

'The Beach' was reported to have had a temperature of 102 degrees. Somebeachsomewhere had drawn Post 4 in his six-horse elimination for the Matron Stakes. Santanna Blue Chip, co-owned and trained by Wallace, N. S. native Carl Jamieson, drew the rail in the other division.

Ironically, Somebeachsomewhere ended his sensational sophomore season like he started it, with a scratch. A bruised foot resulted in the colt being scratched from his first race at Mohawk Racetrack in May.

MacGrath issued the following statement on Monday morning:

"Our decision to race 'Beach' in the Matron was based on his strong performance at the Meadowlands, the way he finished the mile, and the way he came out of the race. He was sharp, feeling so strong, that we decided to add the Matron before shipping him to Hanover Shoe farms. However plans change. Beach is not feeling 100% and we need to listen. It would not be in Beach's best interest to race him when he is not at his best. We were looking forward to Dover, to have Beach race on a 5/8's track, and to give his American fans one more opportunity to see him race, but right now we are doing what is best for Beach. Our plan is to stay on at the Mark Ford training centre until Beach is ready for travel, hopefully in a couple of days, then Rhonda and I will head over to Hanover, deliver Beach to his new home, then on to Nova Scotia. It will be a day of mixed emotions, it will be hard to say goodbye...but it will good to get home.”

(Atlantic Post Calls)

December 14, 2008 - 10:06 amSure hope they don't

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Sure hope they don't railroad him for Horse of the year.
He is the best.

December 12, 2008 - 7:29 pmDoinsomethingright, good

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Doinsomethingright, good call Brent MacGrath. It was a pleasure meeting you. Best of luck in the future.

December 12, 2008 - 7:22 pmTake good care of the BEACH,

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Take good care of the BEACH, he took good care for you the owners, he changed your whole life. To the driver and trainer, did amazing job, the three of you, BEACH, PAUL, CLINT. THANK YOU david .n

December 12, 2008 - 2:15 amThe thunderous ovation that

Mark R. Rocovich (not verified) SAID...

The thunderous ovation that the Mohawk fans gave him on NA CUP night stood my hair on end!!All three of them!!It proves our livelihood is not dead yet...

December 9, 2008 - 7:55 amHe is a great horse & he had

Wayne Williams (not verified) SAID...

He is a great horse & he had a great trainer & driver. Congratulations.

December 8, 2008 - 11:07 pmCya Beach looking forward to

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Cya Beach looking forward to your offspring!

December 8, 2008 - 7:50 pmlooks like hes lucky he

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

looks like hes lucky he scratched the Beach based on Dali's 1.49.2 win in his elim tonight, if beach wasn't 100% he might of had his hands full in the final

December 8, 2008 - 5:51 pmGet Better real soon Beach

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Get Better real soon Beach -- sorry we didn't get to see you one last time, but your health is more important than any race. Good Luck in your retirement

December 8, 2008 - 4:49 pmGoodbye Beach and all the

Doug Mosher (not verified) SAID...

Goodbye Beach and all the best in your new career. Hope you get well soon. It's been a
pleasue to watch you race.

December 8, 2008 - 12:07 pmGoodbye Beach and get well

Boxcar (not verified) SAID...

Goodbye Beach and get well soon. May all your offsprings be strong and healthy. Sure going to miss you.

December 8, 2008 - 11:45 ami'm glad it's not me that

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

i'm glad it's not me that has to say good bye to beach it will be some hard.good luck with the heart break when the time comes.

December 8, 2008 - 11:25 amNice to see trainers and

Anonymous SAID...

Nice to see trainers and owners looking after the well being of horses......too often greed can get in the way of a horses health.....Way to go Beach, you have made us all proud to be in the horse racing industry.

December 8, 2008 - 11:04 ambetter safe than sorry...he

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

better safe than sorry...he gave the sport a shot in the arm and if hes not 100 percent its not fair to take any chances

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