Champion Standardbred Somebeachsomewhere Diagnosed With Cancer

Champion harness racer and sire Somebeachsomewhere has been diagnosed with stomach cancer and is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center in New Jersey. According to Hanover Shoe Farms, where the horse stands, the tumor was found early and removed while still small.

The Hall of Fame pacer, whose offspring includes this year’ Governors Cup winner Downbytheseaside, was originally showing signs of colic. The 12-year-old stallion, who is said to have occasional gastrointestinal issues, was sent to Mid-Atlantic Veterinary Center for diagnostic testing. The team ended up performing surgery to correct an intestinal displacement and noticed a grape-sized mass on his colon. Several biopsies were performed, one of which came back positive for cancer.

Somebeachsomewhere began his first of six weekly chemotherapy treatments on November 19th. Owned by a syndicate that includes majority owners Schooner Stable, Somebeachsomewhere is said to be doing well thus far.

Brent MacGrath, who trained and continues to be a co-owner, says the horse’s connections are steadfast in their commitment to doing right by their charge.

“We just want him to have as happy and healthy of a life for as long as he possibly can,” MacGrath was quoted as saying. “We’ll do whatever we can. Hanover [Shoe Farm]’s position is the same. We are very lucky to have them as a partner. It isn’t all about the money with them or with us. It’s about Beach and what he’s done for us and what he’s done for the farm and what he’s done for the sport. We’re going to do whatever we can for him. We’re staying positive. Hoping for the best is all we can do. I feel very comfortable knowing that the best possible [treatment] is going to be done for him, without question.”

Read more at Harness Racing Update.

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