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Post 3 For 'The Beach’ In Super Final

Published: November 11, 2008 3:39 pm ET

Last Comment: November 16, 2008 3:18 pm ET | 11 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

World Champion three-year-old pacer Somebeachsomewhere has drawn Post 3 to headline this Saturday’s star-studded OSS Super Final night program at Woodbine Racetrack.

With regular pilot Paul MacDonell at the controls for trainer Brent MacGrath, the son of Mach Three – Wheres The Beach will face eight fellow sophomores in the $300,000 seventh race.

A winner of 18 of 19 career starts, Somebeachsomewhere will be making his first tour of the Woodbine oval, looking to go over $3 million in lifetime earnings. He currently has $2,928,755 for owner Schooner Stables.

After going undefeated in his freshman campaign, ‘Beach’ has tasted defeat once this season, coming at the hands of Art Official in the most memorable $1 million Meadowlands Pace of all-time. But since then, he has been untouchable, reeling off eight straight victories, including a World Record 1:46.4 at The Red Mile in September. In his most recent effort on October 25 at Yonkers in the Messenger Stakes, Somebeachsomewhere wore down Shadow Play to score in 1:52.1 over the Sloppy track.

Looking to take down the ‘Beach’ will be Lucky Man (PP1, Jason Brewer), who was victorious in the final OSS Gold Final of the season at Windsor Raceway for trainer Casie Coleman in 1:52.1. The Mohegan Pan (PP7, Steve Condren) will look to rebound from a disappointing seventh place finish in his most recent effort. The Bob McIntosh trainee was the runner-up in last year’s Super Final. Keystone Horatio (PP8, Randy Waples) has one Gold Final trophy and three second place finishes this season for trainer John Kopas and comes into the race with almost $500,000 on his card as a sophomore. Finally, the 2007 Super Final champ, Deuce Seelster, will have to overcome Post 9 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Darren McCall.

Saturday’s action gets underway at 7:30 p.m. The eight OSS Super Finals are programmed as Races 3 through 10. To view the entries, click here.

November 16, 2008 - 3:18 pmI happen to agree with you,

Somebeachsomewhere big fan (not verified) SAID...

I happen to agree with you, Mister or Miss

November 14, 2008 - 8:02 pmTHIS SITE!!! has a link to

Colin (not verified) SAID...

THIS SITE!!! has a link to the OSS points standings and YES, the beach is in the top 10, the OSS gold program caters mostly to middle of the road horses, that are too good for the grass roots but not good enough for the larger stakes, not many horses have been in more then 3 or 4 gold events, to declare the rules have been "bent" or even broken is not a bright statement.

November 13, 2008 - 9:01 amWhen you drive by a

jrich (not verified) SAID...

When you drive by a multi-million dollar home do you say, "one day if I work hard enough I can own a house like that." or do you say, "If we tax those people more I might be able to own a house like that some day." Same goal but a different avenue in which you are trying to achieve it. Rules are in place sometime they work for you and sometime they work against you. In this case if you don't own a piece of SBSW they clearly aren't in your favour. He will pack the house and WEG will do a great job promoting this great night of racing. This translates into a great busniess move for harness racing. I am sure that is what the OSS program was intended to do.

November 13, 2008 - 8:12 amSo is it all about the

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

So is it all about the money? Do you really believe that having the horse race in Woodbine is going to increase the handle? It isn't the first time he's raced in Canada. It isn't as though it's going to be a nice warm night in June like it was for the NA Cup where they will be lined up to get in. I don't know but we will find out soon enough.

I can't help but thinking there is a greed factor built into the decision to race in the OSS Super Final. What else does the horse have to prove? Nothing. Why rain on the parade of the horses that have been faithful to the program all year long?

No, winning and being too fast is not a reason to keep the horse out of the race. If the Toronto Maple Leafs wanted to play with one of the OHL teams during the hockey season, just to stay tight before their next NHL game, would you then allow them to come back for the Memorial Cup to play in the Championships?

The rules need to change.

November 12, 2008 - 10:22 pmHow many world records do

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

How many world records do these other horses have to their credit, how many miles paced in under 1:50? Is winning and being to fast a reason to keep The Beach out of a race???

November 12, 2008 - 10:18 pmMaybe the OSS rules "should"

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Maybe the OSS rules "should" require..... suppose they "did" require? One of two things would happen.
1. The "Beach" wouldn't be racing at Woodbine on the 15th, and most likely the handle would be down compared to if he were, do to a smaller crowd.
2. If he had raced 4 or 5 required races to get into the Finals, these horses that are racing for second place money in the final, would have been racing for second place money in those races, so it pretty well evens out doesn't it .
This horse has done more for the Ontario Breeding program than any horse in a long time, I don't think he or his owners should be penalized for it.

November 12, 2008 - 8:41 pmI will apoligize right now,

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

I will apoligize right now, because I do not know what the rules are regarding the eligebility to race in the Super Final. I thought that you had to accumulate so many points to be able to race in the Super Final. Any horse that did not have the required points was not eligble. If one win gives the Beach the required points I don't see the problem. If one win does'nt give the Beach the required points, he should not be allowed to race in the Super Final.

The owners that put up the sustaining fees and the starting fees should not be discriminated against to allow a super star that chose to ignore the local sires stakes in favour of the lucrative million dollar races, why should he be allowed to participate in the Super Final if he is not eligble? Possibly if ; he is allowed to race on the premise that he will fill the stands, maybe his conections should consider campaigning the Beach in a four year old campaign.

November 12, 2008 - 6:46 pmWhere would this industry be

Robert Leatham (not verified) SAID...

Where would this industry be without the mighty Beach? For a horse that was raised in United States, sold in the United States basically raced in United States and now returning to United States to take up his stallion duties. Come on!! It's the least the Province Of Ontario can do is send him off with a big old fat Canadian check worth a $150,000.00 bucks isn't it?

You doubting Thomases heads will all spin when he goes out and scoots around Woodbine in 1:46/1 off a front half in :50/2, three quarters in 1:18/3 and sets an all time speed record.

There has never been a faster Standardbred set foot on a race track than Somebeachsomewhere and finally this horse is going to step onto the fastest track in North America. Sure it's late in the season, but dose that really matter. It shouldn't as a matter of fact the tracks been raced on for almost a month now, it's had all kinds of rain, it should be tight and lightning fast. As long as it's not a dirty night with a strong head wind. I wouldn't be one bit surprised at all to see the Maritime Monster step up to the Woodbine plate and crank out a home run that will be echoed threw out the Standardbred Industry for years to come. Drive on MacDonnell, give the big colt his head. Give the world what they've been waiting for all year long.

November 12, 2008 - 1:57 pmIts obvious the rules would

pacer (not verified) SAID...

Its obvious the rules would of been 'bent' if there was such one in place.. The fact that 'the beach' will put more people in the stands which = more concession sales, more wagering etc etc.. The advertising has been on mainstream radio for over a month now that he will be competing in this race.. Its unfortunate that the horses who have competed dilligently in this program are now battling for second place money.. We all want to see "the beach" race one last time here.. His calibre comes once in a lifetime.. But they should of created and invitational for him..

November 12, 2008 - 11:53 amIt has always bothered me

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

It has always bothered me that Somebeachsomewhere was coming back to race in the OSS Super Final. In my experience with other equine organizations, you are required to participate in a specified number of qualifying events to be considered for the Championship. For a horse to have only raced once in the OSS Gold divisions and then be eligible for the "Championships" doesn't seem right. Just looking at the other winners through the year, they have competed in at least three Gold division races (Keystone Horatio (7), The Mohegan Pan (5), Lennon Blue Chip (3), Deuce Seelster (5), Lucky Man (7)). There isn't a horse in the top 20 who hasn't competed at least twice. Here's another thing to consider - the $300,000 purse isn't going to add any credibility or value to Somebeachsomewhere but don't you think it would for one of the other horses that competed diligently in the series all year and is deserving of the opportunity to be a "Champion" but in all likelihood won't have a chance?

November 12, 2008 - 9:16 amRegardless how good the

André Villeneuve (not verified) SAID...

Regardless how good the Beach is, the OSS rules should require the participation of horses to a minimum before they are allowed to compete in the Super final. This year just a few horses were part of this elite class and most of the elimination moneys were carried over to the final. Is it what the OSS objective is, a race to the money for a few when the vast majority of participants are financing these gold series? The industry keeps on worrying why sales are down and the breeding component is shrinking! May be it is time to realize that the buyers need to be given an opportunity to buy and race theirs horses in a program that would allow them to stay competitive for more than two racing years! Obviously, rewarding the big breeders is not working and without buyers, the industry is doom! It is time to rebuild our industry from the bottom up and not the top down!!! What part of this statement is not understood?


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