Every time Somebeachsomewhere races he seems to gain new fans. Veteran trainers, handicappers and racing insiders continue to express their collective adoration for the multiple World Record holder.
In an article today by The Guelph Mercury, more comments praising the three-year-old son of Mach Three were published.
"He's reinforced one of the most popular tenets in harness racing -- that a good horse can come from anywhere and happen to anybody. Harness racing is truly an egalitarian sport in this way that other sports simply can't duplicate. A group of folks from the Maritimes may never own an NFL football team, but they can end up with one of the best pacers to look through a bridle," said Hambletonian Society's Moira Fanning.
"He is a freak and everyone loves a freak. He is the complete package -- the best pacer I've ever seen," said Steve Elliott, conditioner of Donato Hanover, who dominated the sport's two and three-year-old trotting scene in 2006 and 2007.
Highly respected horseman Dr. John Hayes was also quoted as saying: "The people behind him are eminently likable, and regular Joes." Art Zubrod of Brittany Farms also hit the nail right on the head when he said: "He excited a dwindling fan base." Andrew Cohen, CBS legal analyst and harness racing columnist, was quoted as saying: "He's forced countless Americans to discover where the Maritimes are," referring to the fact that 'The Beach' is owned and trained by Maritime connections, and has spent a lot of time in Canada's East Coast.
"He's got strength, he's got the gait -- which is flawless -- and he's got the will," said The Beach's pilot, Paul MacDonell. "Those are three things. A lot of horses will have one of them. He's got them all."
(With files from The Guelph Mercury)