The legendary Canadian Standardbred racehorse Somebeachsomewhere won 20 out of 21 harness races during his career in the late 2000s, winning over $3 million. Owned and trained by Truro, Nova Scotia native Brent McGrath, “Somebeach” lost just one race – the Meadowlands Pace in New Jersey.
Now 14 years later, that stallion’s three-year-old son Beach Glass won that very same $600,000 race on July 16th, taking the place in the winner’s circle that had alluded his sire. Both horses were bred and trained by McGrath, who told CBC that the young horse’s recent win is “a bit surreal.”
Somebeach held eight world records at the time of his retirement, was Canadian Horse of the Year twice and was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2009. He had equally impressive success as a stud, with his offspring earning over $87 million so far, and he was the first sire in harness racing history to top $20 million in progeny earnings in a single season.
The Ontario-bred Somebeachsomewhere passed away in 2018 from cancer. McGrath had planned to breed his mare Im With Her to the stallion, but after his death she was bred using frozen semen instead. McGrath’s wife Rhonda named the resulting handsome colt Beach Glass, as she is a fan and collector of the lovely pieces of smooth glass that wash up on the shoreline.
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