Thursday, January 22, 2009

Beach's Stud Career off to Flying Start

I found one of the most comical things that occurred during the Beach's run was some onlookers who thought his career would be tarnished by not going to the Little Brown Jug. With a horse who can pace a sixteenth of a mile faster than any horse living or dead, missing a race is correlated to his history and future about as much as what colour harness he wears. For some evidence of that, it looks like he has attracted the best mares we have in our sport, and whomever could get booked, did so quickly.

In fact his book was filled long before his stud fee was announced. In fact people were coming to us not long after it was announced he would stand at stud back in October.

"I have been with Hanover Shoe Farms for 12 years now and even though you can never predict the potential of a sire, at this early stage he's right up there with the best sires I have seen.

"He's even more popular than Western Ideal and The Panderosa. Niatross is the only other sire I could mention in the same breath as Somebeachsomewhere," Dr Jablonsky said.


It will be fascinating to see how his foals do on the racetrack. One thing for sure: He is getting a chance.

4 comments:

Ryan said...

"He's even more popular than Western Ideal and The Panderosa. Niatross is the only other sire I could mention in the same breath as Somebeachsomewhere," Dr Jablonsky said.

Ever heard of Cam Fella?????

Thats like talking about all the best hockey players and leaving out Gretzky..

Alex M said...

One veterenarian at Hanover commented on the fact that they had never seen a racehorse, retire in better physical condition and health. A testament to the considerable care and consideration that was given to the Beach throughout his racing career by his owners , his trainer and his driver.

Pull the Pocket said...

Hey Ryan,

I think she was right on that. Cam was syndicated for $4M, and although he had the cache of his racing career and carrying on Most Happy Fella blood he was not hyped as much as Niatross or Beach (I think Niatross was syndicated early for an ungodly sum like Beach was/would have been). Cam's starting fee was $15,000.

Unlike Niatross, Cam lived up to his hype, though. We use the term "gritty racehorse" a lot in the business, but Cam sired hundreds upon hundreds of gritty racehorses as you well know. What a sire.

Alex,

Shame he is not racing this year. We needed one more year with him to see what he can do. He looked to my eyes to retire very sound. I dont think I ever saw him take even a remotely lame step.

Ryan said...

Everyone can understand, and definitely justify him retiring at this point. But i think they are giving up one thing.

I don't think anyone can fairly say outright, that Somebeachsomewhere was the greatest horse ever. He just didn't prove that to me. He definitely showed that he is on the list of the greatest horses ever, and i take nothing away from his great accomplishments. But winning something like lets say 61 of 80 career starts, now thats impressive.