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Shadow Play Shut Down For 2008


Published: December 1, 2008 9:46 am ET

Last Comment: December 3, 2008 11:41 am ET | 14 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Shadow Play, the reigning World Record holder over a five-eighths mile track, will watch from the sidelines as Somebeachsomewhere heads to Dover Downs for the last major stakes event of the season, the $236,000 Matron Stakes.

"'Shadow' is at Blue Chip Farms right now in preparation for a fertility test today to solidify our deal," trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore told Trot Insider. "We are going to shut him down now and if all goes well we'll give him two months off to prepare for next year."

Harness racing's World Record holder over the five-eighths mile (1:48.2) and two-heat World Record holder over the half-mile oval (3:40.1), Shadow Play finished a game second to Somebeachsomewhere in Saturday's Breeders Crown for three-year-old pacing colts to conclude his stellar season with 14 wins in 25 starts and nearly $1.2 million in purse earnings.

"He was hurting a bit on his right front hoof (the same one that needed patching between Little Brown Jug heats) on Saturday, but raced extremely well. I don't think we were beating Somebeachsomewhere anyway."

After the fertility test, Moore will truck his stable star back home to the Maritimes for a party at his home track.

"We should be taking him home Tuesday in his newly-bought trailer and Charlottetown Driving Park Entertainment Centre is having a Shadow Play Day on Saturday afternoon. We are pitching in purse money and tons of giveaways. It should be a great day."

Shadow Play stands as the fourth-fastest and fourth-richest sophomore pacing colt of 2008, an anomaly in racing as the sophomore pacing class witnessed four seasonal millionaires for the first time - Somebeachsomewhere ($2.5 million and counting), Art Official ($1.5 million) and Badlands Nitro ($1.4 million). With this kind of company, Moore is quick to state how much the experience with Shadow Play has affected him.

"We are all very thankful for the wonderful year that 'Shadow' has given us and will long relish the memories."

December 3, 2008 - 11:41 amCongrats, to Dr. Moore,

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Congrats, to Dr. Moore, Nancy and family on a wonderful year of harness racing with a wonderful horse. I as Im sure with everyone else can't wait to see him at the CDP When he makes his great arrival home. Well done year you have an amazing horse that is for sure. Best of luck in 2009 as well not that you will need it.

December 1, 2008 - 10:24 pmI am sure their deal is good

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

I am sure their deal is good enough that they don't have to bring him back next year either.
But Dr. Moore is a class act and reinvests in the game unlike others who retire and take the money and run!!

December 1, 2008 - 8:18 pmI'm a Maritimer and it was

NB race fan (not verified) SAID...

I'm a Maritimer and it was great to watch a great horse like Shadow Play all summer. Loved the Little Brown Jug especially! He is awesome and I can't wait to see him in 2009 also!!

December 1, 2008 - 6:01 pmWhile stationed at the Air

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

While stationed at the Air Base in Summerside I witnessed a few good horses that Doc Moore raced,he was attending Guelph then and would bring some to the Island for the summer.

One I watched and had a great respect for was Saunders Glory,Further Doc Moore is as good an all round horseman as there is.Congrats to this him and yet another one of his pupils,Shadow Play is a great champion in his own right,and needs to take a back seat to no other colts,he raced against and beat some of the best.

December 1, 2008 - 5:25 pmCongratulations Ian and

Lumpy (not verified) SAID...

Congratulations Ian and Shadow Play on a great season. Continued success next year.

December 1, 2008 - 4:28 pmYes,it will be great to see

RYAN (not verified) SAID...

Yes,it will be great to see Shadow Play come back next year,but if his connections had the same deal as Somebeachsomewhere on the table,would he still be returning in 2009 ?

December 1, 2008 - 4:11 pmAwesome. Shadow Play vs.

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Awesome. Shadow Play vs. Mister Big on tap.

December 1, 2008 - 2:21 pmIt is great to see the

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

It is great to see the connections of Shadow Play bring him back next year. He could easily have gone off now to the breeding shed with the credentials he has. Greed is not a factor here but for the love of the sport/racing!!!

December 1, 2008 - 1:21 pmCongratulations to Dr. Moore

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Congratulations to Dr. Moore and all those connected to this great horse. I have watched him race and was so impressed with his grit and determination. He seemed to give his all. Good to see he will get a well deserved rest. Good luck in 2009....

December 1, 2008 - 12:50 pmI think the two heat world

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

I think the two heat world record on a half should read 3:40.1

December 1, 2008 - 11:44 amwill be glad to see

big bob (not verified) SAID...

will be glad to see shadowplay back next yr. best of luck to all owners ,from all cape breton fans

December 1, 2008 - 11:17 amI want to begin by saying

ZAK (not verified) SAID...

I want to begin by saying that Shadow Play is awesome and I'm glad to see him coming back next year. He brought alot of action and many new fans to the sport. I hope that other owners and trainers will see the picture here, that because you have a champion at 3 doesn't mean that you can race them at 4 and beyond. Shadow Play and SomebeachSomeWhere have revived the sport, can't wait to see what their offspring will bring to the table. Thank you and good luck with all the plans you have for this CHAMP!!!!!!

December 1, 2008 - 10:25 amFantastic season Shadow and

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Fantastic season Shadow and conections it was a joy to watch you and looking forward to see you next year!

December 1, 2008 - 10:05 amShadow Play is a great

Anonymous (not verified) SAID...

Shadow Play is a great horse. Congratulations

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