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2008 Breeders Crown 2 and 3-Year-Old Races

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Somebeachsomewhere wins the 2008 Breeders Crown 3-year-old Colt and Gelding Pace
Somebeachsomewhere wins the 2008 Breeders Crown 3-year-old Colt and Gelding Pace

Somebeachsomewhere wins the 2008 Breeders Crown 3-year-old Colt and Gelding Pace at the Meadowands

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Closing out the Breeders' Crown for 2008 was the $500,000 Three-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace, possibly the final career start for Somebeachsomewhere who was sent off as the 1-5 choice over 9-2 Shadow Play and 12-1 Rudy Rednose in the field of 10.

Driver Paul Macdonell sent Somebeachsomewhere right to the front and the colt was untested through fractions of 27, 54.3 and 1:22. With Shadow Play and Blueridge Western giving chase, Somebeachsomewhere pulled away to a 1 3/4-length victory in 1:48.3.

Winning driver Paul MacDonell said, "I had the racetrack immediately and was letting the horses getting settled early and once we made the front, the rest was history. You've got to respect a horse like Shadow Play, he's a great horse in his own respect. Basically I was thinking, 'Bring me home buddy, one last time.' You've got to respect the other horses in there. Respect works both ways. I would have to think he'd get a pretty serious look for Horse of the Year. He's never raced a bad race, ever."

With the victory, Somebeachsomewhere reached $2.44 million for the year, surpassing Gallo Blue Chip’s single-season earnings record set in 2000. The colt is the fastest 3-year-old in history with a 1:46.4 victory at The Red Mile in Lexington. Somebeachsomewhere will stand at Hanover Shoe Farms for a $20,000 stud fee next season.

Although it had previously been announced that the Breeders Crown would be the colt's final career start, MacGrath indicated after the race that they may race him in the Matron at Dover Downs.
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