August 17, 2008
An epic performance Sunday afternoon at Flamboro Downs has re-written the harness racing record books.
A scorching 1:49.2 mile by fan favourite Somebeachsomewhere in the $593,000 Confederation Cup XXXII wiped out the world record for three-year-old pacers on a half-mile track. It was the fifth Confederation Cup victory - also a record - for driver Paul MacDonell.
An enormous crowd cheered, clapped and whistled as Somebeachsomewhere crossed the finish line. The colt phenom, whose nonchalant, Seabiscuitesque demeanor has endeared him to a growing legion of fans, returned to the winner’s circle to the ovation of the adoring crowd, appearing to bow his head in tribute.
Santanna Blue Chip with last year’s Confederation Cup winning driver, Jody Jamieson, in the bike was second. Steve Condren guided The Mohegan Pan to finish third and Keystone Horatio with Randy Waples in the sulky was fourth.
Shadow Play, partly owned by Montreal Canadiens great, Serge Savard, equaled the previous Flamboro Downs, Confederation Cup and Canadian all-age record of 1:50.2, in winning his $50,000 elimination heat but came home fifth in the $493,00 Confederation Cup final.
A new world record mile - 1:54.2 - for three-year-old trotting geldings was set by Define The World in the $140,00 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final. Paul MacDonell got the driving win.
Jody Jamieson guided Andy Roo across the finish line first in the $62,500 Signature Pacing Series.
Driver: PAUL MACDONELL
Trainer: BRENT MACGRATH
Elimination 1 winner
Driver: Paul MacDonell
Trainer: Brent Macgrath
Elimination 2 winner
Shawdow Play 1:50.2
Driver: Dave Miller
Trainer: Dr. Ian Moore
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