06/18/2015 9:01AM

Marks: Resurgence of "Beach" as a sire

Somebeachsomewhere equaled the world record with a 1:46 4/5 winning mile in 2008.

With the baby race season just in its infancy, the resurgence of the great racehorse and sire Somebeachsomewhere is becoming increasingly obvious.

After a somewhat sub-par 2-year-old crop in 2014, there were those ready to dismiss the son of Mach Three as just another first crop flash in the pan. But given the results posted thus far this year, that statement appears to be far from reality.

It is important to note these current 2-year-olds comprising crop number four from Somebeachsomewhere were actually bred in 2012—after the first crop had already hit the auction sales in rather eye-catching fashion the previous fall. This was followed by glowing training reports throughout the winter and early spring of that breeding season, which had to positively impact breeding decisions.

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In addition, some of the later 2013 Somebeachsomewhere foals got conceived after it was evident that the stallion was indeed on the verge of having a sensational first crop.

Somebeachsomewhere’s first crop numbering 112 foals out of 149 mares bred was highlighted by the sensational Captaintreacherous, Somwherovrarainbow, and Sunshine Beach. His third crop, now 3-year-olds, numbered just 61 foals from 95 mares bred, as many breeders chose not to send their best mares in what has been long acknowledged as the third-year syndrome.

Historically, some breeders have shied away from breeding to a stallion in his third season, preferring to wait and see if the horse will be a hit or a miss. Other breeders have been known to overload in that critical third year gambling that should the stallion “hit” in his first season, they will then have most of the more desirable auction-bound yearlings.

The chronology works like this . . .

When the first crop hits the races at age 2, the second crop will reach the auction rings that fall.  Should the first crop “hit” the second crop will then benefit and be even more attractive to buyers.  If the first crop fails to make a major impact, the second crop will of course be somewhat negatively impacted pricewise, though some buyers will still make allowances for that sub-par showing.

However, should that first crop reach their sophomore season without significant improvement and be followed up a poor freshman performance season from crop number two, the negative impact on crop number three (now yearlings) will be resounding.

Consequently, many breeders simply shun stallions in their third breeding season. This is what happened to Somebeachsomewhere, as reflected by those meager third crop numbers.

However, by the time his third crop yearlings reached the sales arenas, “Beach” was now a made stallion showing signs of true greatness and the buyers simply had to have them. Therefore many may have oversold even though the mare quality was not quite commensurate with that of his first two years.   Most likely, that was a major contributing factor to his underwhelming 2-year-old crop last year, as he simply did not have enough quality mares to work with.

Thus far in this rebounding season, Somebeachsomewhere has accounted for 52 starters from his 112 listed foals of which 15 have already won baby races.  One in particular, a colt named Brooklynite (Sunone), was ultra-impressive the other day at The Meadowlands, winning in-hand in 1:54 2/5 for Corey Callahan and trainer Joe Holloway.

This past Monday prior to post time for Gaitway Farms’ baby races, the tandem of owner-agent Myron Bell and trainer Tony Alagna proudly unveiled the soon to start Dr J Hanover, a $300,000 Somebeachsomewhere colt from the well bred So Perfect (Artsplace-Sounds Perfect), who just might be as handsome a specimen as you’re likely to see.

If he races even remotely like he looks, Dr J Hanover will be heard from.

Among the other noticeable “Beaches” thus far this young season include: Manhattan Beach (Benear) p,2,1:55 2/5; J K Willpower (What’s New Pussycat) p,2,1:56 1/5; Heels On The Beach (Red High Heels) p,2,1:56 1/5; and Pretty Boy Hill (Pretty Katherine) p,2,1:57 1/5.

Undoubtedly there will be more!

Additional baby race thoughts 

While on the subject of baby races, it does appear that Blue Chip and Winbak Farms may have a bit of a hit on their hands with first crop stallion Roll With Joe (Cam’s Card Shark-Classic Wish), the full brother to leading sire Bettor’s Delight.

Thus far, 26 of the 88 Roll With Joe’s have started and accounted for six winners.  I saw a really nice one at Gaitway the other day named Tommy’s Delight from the Rocknroll Hanover mare L Dee’s Rainbow. This strong-gaited colt was first up in 1:56 3/5 over a track labeled “good” and looked like he wanted more for driver David Miller and trainer Casie Coleman

How good Roll With Joe will be remains to be seen, but thus far he’s been noticeable!

Some of us saw the Rockin Image 3-year-old Freaky Feet Pete give Wiggle it Jiggleit quite a tussle in an Indiana Sires Stake at Hoosier Park last month. He’s not the only Rockin Image (Rocknroll Hanover-Kikikatie) showing up at the various Midwestern tracks at this time. Those Rockin Images may not be from the greatest mares, but they can go and undoubtedly some will make their way to the Eastern tracks before too long.