LAS VEGAS - Add three more harness-racing honours for record-setting pacer Somebeachsomewhere.
The brilliant Canadian-owned colt was named harness racing's horse of the year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on Wednesday night during the Night of Champions banquet. He also captured Dan Patch awards as pacer of the year and top three-year-old colt pacer.
Somebeachsomewhere received 121-of-158 votes to easily capture horse-of-the-year honours over top trotter Deweycheatumnhowe, who had 35. Mister Big and Honorable Daughter each received one vote.
Last week, Somebeachsomewhere was a unanimous choice as Canada's top three-year-old pacing colt. He also received the 2008 Cam Fella award before making history by being named unanimously as Canada's horse of the year for the second straight season.
Somebeachsomewhere set a single-season earnings record with more than US$2.5 million in 2008. The son of Mach Three paced three world-record miles and won 14-of-15 races.
Somebeachsomewhere's wins included the $1.47-million North America Cup, Breeders Crown, Messenger Stakes and Confederation Cup. He's captured 20 wins in 21 career starts and amassed $3.22 million in earnings. The only loss was by a neck to Art Official in the Meadowlands Pace, in a then-world-record 1:47 mile.
In September, he tied the fastest race mile in history with a 1:46.4 victory at Lexington's Red Mile and also set the world mark for three-year-old pacers on a half-mile track.
He's trained by Brent MacGrath, who also co-owns the horse with Schooner Stables, of Bible Hill, N.S. MacGrath makes his living selling cars but took last season off to manage the colt's career.
Paul MacDonell of Oshawa, Ont., who earned his first O'Brien award this season, is Somebeachsomewhere's driver.
''It's an honour to be recognized,'' MacGrath said. ''In our wildest dreams we never thought we would have a horse in the running.
''How can you imagine that? But he never went a bad race. Really, it's tough to pick his best race. I thought they were all pretty special.''