By Lyle Carter
A popular standardbred horse farm has just become more popular.
Excitement continues to grow at the scenic, well-planned Langille horse farm just off Oakland Drive in Lower Onslow. And, it's mostly because the farm now has its own beach.
"There's a lot more activity these days since the arrival of a Somebeachsomewhere foal," Rosanne Langille said. "Neighbours, friends and horsemen have been dropping by to have a look. More than the usual number of visitors have been showing up for sure."
Langille said on June 18 at 11.30 p.m. one of the farm's broodmares, Paulas Promise, foaled.
"It's been really nice," Langille said. "We couldn't be happier. I spent 13 nights sleeping in the barn waiting for this foal to be born."
Several mares in New Brunswick have dropped Somebeachsomewhere foals but the young stud born on the Langille farm is Nova Scotia's first.
"The excitement of having a Somebeachsomewhere foal has certainly added a lot of interest and excitement around here," Langille said. "It is exciting as more people than ever have been visiting the farm. It's great, we love having visitors."
Truro businessman and horseman Brent MacGrath, one of the owners of Somebeachsomewhere, and the former trainer of the world champion, has been one of the visitors.
"Rosanne approached me last year about a breeding to Beach," MacGrath said. "Rosanne and I go back a long way in harness racing and I knew she had a good broodmare by Arts Place. The Beach seems to be crossing well with Arts Place mares. It's a good cross and I'm excited about a Nova Scotia Somebeachsomewhere foal. This is his first foal in Nova Scotia. I wish Rosanne the best."
The Somebeachsomewhere stud fee has gone up this year to $30,000 from $20,000. The son of Mach Three, out of Wheres The Beach by Beach Towel, breeds 160 mares a year.
Broke and trained at Truro Raceway by MacGrath, Somebeachsomewhere, owned by the local Schooner Stables, won all six of his 2007 starts, earning $773,296 and taking a race mark of 149.3
In 2008, as a three-year-old, he came back to establish himself as world champion, winning 14 of 15 starts and pacing in 146.4
The storybook horse's last race was Nov. 29, 2008 in the Breeders Crown final at The Meadowlands in New Jersey.
Going for a purse of $500,000, Somebeachsomewhere closed out his phenomenal racing career with a 148.3 win while pushing his career earnings to more than $3 million. In total, he won 20 of his 21 career starts.
Rosanne's husband Dwayne, who retired last year after being employed for 40 years with MacLeod's Farm Machinery, described the harness racing venture as a family affair. Dwayne said it also includes their son Paul (an outstanding up-and-coming harness racing driver) Rosanne's son Keith Driscoll and Keith's fiancée Christa Patriquin.
"I'm enjoying it," Dwayne said. "We're all enjoying it, especially with the arrival of a Somebeachsomewhere foal. Rosanne looks after most of the breeding and managing the farm. She does a great job and we are certainly having some fun. If we happen to develop a good colt or filly, that will only add to the enjoyment."
Rosanne said the farmland was purchased in 2006 and the modern eight-stall barn was built in 2008. Besides Paulas Promise, the farm has another well-bred broodmare, Holly Hawk. Stock also includes four yearlings, and besides the Somebeachsomewhere foal, there's a Western Paradise foal.
The knowledgeable horsewoman said she was pleased with being able to purchase Paulas Promise, the dam of the latest foal arrival.
"I never thought we had enough money to buy her," Rosanne said. "But, we were fortunate to get her for $15,000. She had sold as a yearling for $175,000. I like the Arts Place breeding crossed with Somebeachsomewhere."
And, what about a name for the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Paulas Promise?
"We're all having some fun with this," Rosanne said. "We'll all continue to write down names until we finally come up with the right one. One name I like is Pieceofabeach. We have until the end of December to register the foal but we'll probably submit three names to Standardbred Canada during the next four or five weeks."
Lyle Carter's sports column appears every Saturday in the Truro Daily News. If you have a story idea, contact him at 673-2857.