World champion three-year-old pacer Somebeachsomewhere is the CBC News-Nova Scotia Newsmaker of the Year and will be featured in a broadcast at 6:30 p.m. Atlantic (5:30 p.m. Eastern) on Friday.
The 30-minute show, hosted by CBC’s Jim Nunn, will include an interview with Somebeachsomewhere’s trainer/co-owner Brent MacGrath and highlights of the colt’s season.
“It’s a big thrill being the newsmaker of the year, especially with a horse,” MacGrath said. “Racing typically flies under the radar and doesn’t get the attention from mainstream media that we think it should. It’s a very big deal.”
Somebeachsomewhere won 14 of 15 races this year and earned a single-season-record $2.5 million. He won 20 of 21 lifetime starts and banked $3.3 million.
Only a loss to Art Official by a neck in the Meadowlands Pace, in a then-World Record 1:47 mile, separated Somebeachsomewhere from perfection. He finished his career by winning the Breeders Crown over Shadow Play in 1:48.3 last month. The time was the fastest in the race’s history, bettering Rocknroll Hanover ’s record by 1-1/5 seconds.
Earlier this year, he set the World Record for three-year-old pacers on a half-mile track and also equaled the fastest race mile in history with a 1:46.4 victory at Lexington ’s Red Mile.
Somebeachsomewhere’s 2008 wins included the $1.5 million North America Cup, the Messenger Stakes, the Confederation Cup and divisions of the Tattersalls, Bluegrass, Simcoe and Burlington . The colt, which was purchased as a yearling for $40,000, is owned by the Schooner Stables, located in Nova Scotia . He was driven regularly by Paul MacDonell.
(Harness Racing Communications)