The 2022 open stakes races for the 3-year-old”glamour division” of harness racing are just underway, and already a Brittany-bred, raised and sold performer is in the spotlight, as Pebble Beach won his split of the $161,000 Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk last Saturday. (Watch Race
Pebble Beach, with regular pilot Todd McCarthy in the bike, left from the seven post and set all the fractions en route to a comfortable win in 1:51, with a last quarter of :26.4.
The Somebeachsomewhere is a perfect prep for the $1-million North America Cup at Mohawk, with that race’s eliminations playing out on Saturday, June 11 and the rich final a week later. “That” winner’s circle is the ultimate goal for Pebble Beach and his connections!
Pebble Beach p,2,1:48.4 ($398,650), by Downbytheseaside-Santa Rosa, was sold in the last session of the 2020 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale in the sale’s “regional sires showcase.” He was purchased from the Brittany Farms consignment by trainer Noel Daley for $85,000 for an ownership group that now includes Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Country Club Acres, LA Express, John Fodera and Deo Volente Farms.
The colt was 7-2-2 in 11 starts last year as a 2-year-old and won the International Stallion Stakes at the Red Mile, his Breeders Crown elim at the Meadowlands (3rd in the $600,000 final), and three legs and the $250,000 final of the Kentucky Sire Stakes Championship Series, also at the Red Mile.
His freshman record of 1:48.4 is just one-fifth of a second off the 1:48.3 World Record, set in a race where he finished a game second after setting all the pace and racing on the engine through all the early fractions.
More top horses like Pebble Beach are certain to come from the 2022 Brittany Farms yearling consignment, once again to be offered at the Lexington Selected Sale, Oct. 3-7. To get a preview of what’s in store, view our full yearling roster
and pedigrees here on the website, and make plans to visit the farm in Versailles, Ky. later this summer for an up-close, personal inspection.