11/03/2017 9:02AM

Harness: Somebeachsomewhere the undisputed champion among stallions

Somebeachsomewhere won 20 of 21 career races.

Despite being nine years removed from his last race, Somebeachsomewhere remains the king of Standardbred racing in North America. The son of Mach Three, standing at Hanover Shoe Farms, maintains that title earned as a near unblemished on-track competitor by continually dominating the stallions ranks with unparalleled success.

Way back in 2007 as a 2-year-old, Somebeachsomewhere stamped himself as a force to be reckoned with by capturing the Metro Final in a then world record 1:49 3/5 clocking. He would finish his rookie campaign undefeated in six starts and only built his résumé in his next year of racing.

As a sophomore Somebeachsomewhere lost only once in 15 races and perhaps put forth his best career effort in that narrow defeat to Art Official in the Meadowlands Pace. Later that year the Brent McGrath-trained colt would equal the then all-time fastest mile in history of 1:46 4/5 at The Red Mile.

Upon retirement Somebeachsomewhere owned a 21-20-1-0 record and had earned $3,221,299. It was just the beginning.

It is somewhat mind-blowing that Somebeachsomewhere could one-up his racing career as a stallion, but that is exactly what he has accomplished. Taking the baton from Rocknroll Hanover, who was the top dog in the breeding shed among pacers from 2008 to 2010, Somebeachsomewhere has refused to vacate his position as the unquestioned stallion king.

The numbers speak for themselves. His average yearling has sold for $77,987 from 2011 through 2016 according to statistics on harnessracing.com. That total places him tens of thousands ahead of his nearest rival. And the average is only rising despite strong competition from first-time stallions like Sweet Lou and Captaintreacherous, a son of Somebeachsomewhere. At the recently concluded Lexington Selected Sale, Somebeachsomewhere averaged $103,448 from 29 yearlings, well ahead of the aforementioned Sweet Lou ($76,778) and Captaintreacherous ($70,481).

While it is too early to make a call on how the first-time sires will fare through the on-track performance of their progeny, Somebeachsomewhere stands tall because of his unbelievable track record. He ranks first among all sires with $19,033,424 earned by his sons and daughters this year, an average of $28,031 per horse according to stats on ustrotting.com. That average doubles his nearest competitor with over 250 foals, American Ideal.

Even across gaits, Somebeachsomewhere stands tall. Despite Muscle Hill yearlings fetching nearly $30,000 more per horse in 2016, his pacing counterpart has seen his children out-average him by far in 2017. Muscle Hill foals check in with average earnings of $21,624, almost 30% behind Somebeachsomewhere.

When we just focus on the current crop of 2-year-olds in training, Somebeachsomewhere holds an average earnings per foal of $29,421, far ahead of A Rocknroll Dance at $19,395 on the pacing side and Muscle Hill ($22,618) among trotters.

Those in the market to score a Somebeachsomewhere yearling should be in attendance at the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg on Monday (11/6). A total of 48 Somebeachsomewhere-breds will roll through the ring including 24 from Hanover Shoe Farms.

Selling during the first session on Monday, which kicks off at noon, are a plethora of well-bred prospects that are sure to garner plenty of attention. It is every dreamer’s opportunity to own a champion. Below are a handful of standouts that caught this author’s eye.


This filly is the first foal from Alice’s Restaurant, who made $599,292 on the track. Her second dam was another solid on-track performer in Alice Alice ($324,287). She produced $1.8 million earner Western Ace (1:48 4/5).


Mom (Blind Ambition) has already thrown two winners of over $400,000 from three foals. March-foaled filly’s family is loaded with black type including $600,000-plus earners Cheyenne Rei, Ain’t No Stopn Him and Lon Todd Hanover.

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Colt is the first foal from $442,643 earner Carols Desire and from a family that also brought us solid campaigners Sheer Desire ($848,008) and Idealist ($368,841).


Second dam shows a trio of $200K-plus earners and third dam is loaded with horses that proved their worth on the track. Colt is the first foal from Luxuriant Hanover.


Filly is the first foal from Melissa’s Fancy, a $505,445 earner in seven years of racing. Her family tree includes Artistic Fella ($2.6 million), Easy Again ($906,943), Pacific Fella ($1,064,631) and many other top horses.

(All statistics as of 10/17/17)