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Somebeachsomewhere Takes Messenger


Published: October 26, 2008 12:13 am ET

Last Comment: November 11, 2008 2:19 pm ET | 2 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

It's official - any weather truly is Beach weather. World champion Somebeachsomewhere muscled his way past Shadow Play in deep Yonkers Raceway stretch Saturday night, taking the $650,000 Messenger Stakes - final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown - in 1:52.1.

Over a surface compromised by a deluge of wind-driven rain, Somebeachsomewhere out-gamed his Maritime rival by neck. That effort, with the conditions slowing the footing at least a couple of seconds, was just a tick off Always a Virgin's stakes-winning local record of a season ago (the all-venue Messenger record was Allamerican Ingot's 1:50.3 at the Meadows in 2002).

With Paul MacDonell - in his first local visit in a decade - driving for trainer (and co-owner as part of Schooner Stables) Brent MacGrath, Somebeachsomewhere started outside his five sophomore rivals as the 3-10 favorite. The tandem settled in third as Shadow Play (Dave Miller), the 2-1 second choice, worked around pole-sitting Legacy N Diamonds (George Brennan) to the lead.

Shadow Play gained the advantage just after a :27.1 opening quarter-mile, then found a :56.2 intermission.

Somebeachsomewhere moved nearing the half, methodically marching toward the lead. Shadow Play maintained the throttle at the 1:24.2 three-quarters, with 'The Beach' a half-length away.

The lead was evaporating in and out of the final turn, with Somebeachsomewhere collaring 'The Shadow' in the shadow of the wire. Legacy N Diamonds was third with stablemate Santanna Blue Chip (Tony Morgan), Dali (Pat Lachance) and Brother Ray (Jason Bartlett) rounding out the order.

Somebeachsomewhere - Messenger Final

"This is probably as good an effort as he's had, and that's saying something," MacDonell said. "He's never had to race in conditions like this and he's never had to come first-over before, but he's done everything else, so there was no reason to think he couldn't handle it.

"I thought I was going by sooner, but Shadow Play refused to quit."

Somebeachsomewhere, a son of Mach Three, returned $2.60 for his 12th win (eighth consecutive) in 13 seasonal starts. The even-money exacta paid $4. The $325,000 winner's share pushed Somebeachsomewhere's '08 stash to $2,075,003. His 18-for-19 career has now bankrolled $2,848,299.

Happy Dreamer (Andy Miller) won the $381,030 final of Lady Maud Pace for three-year-old fillies, sitting pocketed to odds-on Artimmitateslife (Stephane Bouchard) and getting that one by a half-length in 1:57.3.

Saturday's program also included a pair of $100,000 invitationals. Enough Talk (Brennan) won the Oleg Cassini Trot in 1:57.3 as a $2.30 mutuel and Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) prevailed in the Hudson Valley Pace in 1:54.1 while returning $5.60.

(With files from Yonkers)

November 11, 2008 - 2:19 pmSomebeachsomewhere is

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Somebeachsomewhere is without a dought horse of the year ,or centry maybe , but i hope when he meets Shadow Play again that the weather and track conditions are a little better than when they met in the messenger.Shadow Play earned his name the hard way . He has as much heart as any horse that i have seen in a long time . Good luck to both .

November 8, 2008 - 8:16 amTruly the horse of the

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Truly the horse of the year.
Has beat everybody.
Deweycheathimanhow beat easily up at Mohawk.
No comparison.

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