A few hours after confirming Beach’s passing with Trot Insider, the Somebeachsomewhere Syndicate announced that he had been humanely euthanized at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in Ringoes, New Jersey at roughly 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 14. The syndicate also announced that Somebeachsomewhere will be laid to rest at Hanover Shoe Farms in Hanover, Pennsylvania after an autopsy is complete. Somebeachsomewhere had stood stud at Hanover since his on-track career concluded at the end of the 2008 racing campaign.
The mass, which was roughly half the size of a grape, was discovered after Hanover Shoes Farms’ farm manager, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, elected to send the superstar son of Mach Three to an equine hospital. Beach, who had dealt with colic and some stomach issues in the past, had been suffering from some discomfort. After having located the part of Beach’s intestine that was causing the issue, the small mass was then detected.
Somebeachsomewhere, who had the mass removed earlier in November, had commenced chemotherapy on Saturday, November 18. Beach’s treatment had been overseen by internal medicine specialist Dr. Rodney Belgrave of the Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center. Three biopsies of the mass had been conducted, one of which came back as positive for cancer.
Driven by Paul MacDonell and campaigned by Brent MacGrath for the Nova Scotia-based Schooner Stable, world champion Somebeachsomewhere won 20 of his 21 races during his legendary career and earned $3,328,755 in purses. His major victories as a freshman included the Battle of Waterloo, Metro Pace, Champlain Stakes and Nassagaweya. At three, his highlights included the Burlington (which was later renamed the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes), Pepsi North America Cup, Confederation Cup, Simcoe, Bluegrass, Tattersalls, Messenger, Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and Breeders Crown.
2008 Pepsi North America Cup - Mohawk Racetrack
The two-time Canadian Horse of the Year was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame nine months after he retired – at the time holding eight world records. Somebeachsomewhere went on to stand stud at Hanover Shoe Farms. His offspring earned more than $87 million and he was the first sire in harness racing history to top $20 million in progeny earnings in a single season. Among his offspring are 13 millionaires, including Captaintreacherous ($3.15 million), Pure Country ($2.41 million), Downbytheseaside ($2.28 million), Huntsville ($1.8 million) and Check Six ($1.61 million).
2008 Bluegrass – Red Mile – 1:46.4
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