A Harness Racing Legend from a One-Horse Stable
by Marjorie Simmins
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Pub Date 17 May 2021 | Archive Date 11 Feb 2022
Nimbus Publishing, Nimbus Publishing Limited
A comprehensive, fully illustrated biography of Somebeachsomewhere, the greatest standardbred pacer of all time, from the award-winning author of Year of the Horse.
It's November 2006 and Brent MacGrath, a car salesman from Nova Scotia, has just had his first glimpse of a gorgeous yearling at the Lexington Yearling Sale—and his heart skips a beat. He takes another look. Even this young, the bay stallion has size and "presence." Against all odds, and with limited funds, MacGrath makes a successful bid for the colt.
Somebeachsomewhere: The Harness Racing Legend from a One-Horse Stable is a work of narrative non-fiction that follows the life and career of the Ohio-born, Canadian-sired superstar pacer known as "Beach" who belonged to a syndicate of six owners from Canada's East Coast. From a relatively humble lineage, Somebeachsomewhere turned out to be a horse of a lifetime: a world-champion Hall of Famer, smashing records and setting a single-season earning record as a three-year-old. Many consider Beach, who died unexpectedly in 2018, the greatest pacer and Standardbred sire of all time. Canadian and American racing fans loved the friendly stallion with "an extra gear," and threw "Beach Parties" whenever he raced.
This is the first-ever complete, generously illustrated account of "the Beach," a horse who captivated the world with his speed, courage and near-flawless gait. It is also a story of improbabilities and magic, featuring dozens of interviews with top American and Canadian horsemen and women, the owners of Empire Stallions in Avenel, Australia, and harness racing industry professionals.
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Loved this book. It’s always a pleasure to read about the owner’s devotion to an athlete. Having adopted harness horses this book touched a special part of my heart.
This a modern day version of Seabiscuit only this horse is involved in harness racing and mostly focused in Canada. As the description shows this is the story of a harness racing horse named Somebeachsomewhere and the 6 person stable of individuals who came together to purchase a higher priced horse to race. Realistically this grouped hope they may have a horse that maybe they broke even or made a little money but nothing serious. But these folks ended up with the lottery winner and one of the most famous horse's in Harness racing history. Even if you are a novice like myself this is an entertaining read and if you do not know the history of this horse you find yourself pulling for him on every race. Not only is this exciting this really informational . Thank you to Netgalley and Nimbus Publishing for an ARC for a fair and honest review.
If you are a fan of horses this is a book for you! Well written and engaging, this book kept me interested all the way to the end!!
This was a good read and learned a lot about harness racing. I just wish I'd heard about this horse a long time ago. The book made me interested in following this type of racing. I know a lot more about TB racing.
Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for my eARC in exchange for an honest review.
This was a wonderful book. I just love horse books and although I had seen this type of racing before I knew nothing about pacer horses. It was so fascinating reading and learning about it. I loved it all. I always find it so interesting reading about horses that are bought for a smaller amount of money then they become a star. The author wrote this book so well and it flowed so well I became totally engrossed in the story. I especially loved all the pictures in this book it really added to the great atmosphere. I just had to read this book in one sitting I even had to switch to text to speech when I went shopping lol. It was brilliant how many awards the horse won and how it was loved by all Canadians. I found it fascinating learning about the differences between this type of racing verses thoroughbred racing.
I definitely recommend this book to all horse fans out there especially those like me know know nothing about this type of racing. I'm sure you will love it just as much as I did.
So much praise goes out to the author and publishers for bringing us this wonderful and exciting story of a fantastic horse.
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