THE reigning US Three-Old-Old Pacing Colt of the Year is heading to leading breeding establishment, Alabar.
In conjunction with Nevele R, Alabar have secured the lifetime southern hemisphere rights to the world champion, Pebble Beach, which will stand in Victoria.
The best son of the burgeoning young sire Downbytheseaside, Pebble Beach is not only a grandson of the great Somebeachsomewhere – he’s his richest grandson.
As the influence of the Somebeachsomewhere sire-line continues to grow throughout the harness racing world, in 2022, Pebble Beach was the brightest from this game-changing sire-line.
He will stand alongside the exciting young Captaintreacherous sire, Captain Crunch which also represents this booming sire line.
With a remarkable record of 17 wins, eight seconds and three thirds from 29 starts – Pebble Beach was only out of the first three once!
A precocious two-year-old, his freshman highlights were victories in an elimination of the Breeders’ Crown (third in the Final) and in the $250,000 Kentucky Championship Series Final…in a season’s best 1:48.4.
As a three-year-old, in the words of his trainer Noel Daley…
“When he was fully healthy he was just too good for them, just too much speed.”
His win in the $1million North America Cup stamped his superiority over his peers winning by over two lengths in 1:50 – untouched and with the ear plugs still in.
Pebble Beach dominated them again in the $911,000 Breeders’ Crown Final, coasting to victory by more than three lengths in a career best 1:48.1.
Todd McCarthy drove Pebble Beach that day, as he did throughout his career…
“The Breeders Crown win as a three-year-old was one of his most impressive wins. He cut the mile and just shot away.
“His speed and versatility is what made him so special.
“He had that fast twitch muscle. When you asked him to turn on the speed there was no lag.
Pebble Beach retired to stud at Diamond Creek, Kentucky at the end of his three-year-old season with career earnings of $1,971,975 – $1,610,725 of it from his stellar sophomore campaign.
From a family steeped in millionaires, his dam was a stakes winning, 1:53.4 two-year-old by Western Ideal. She is a sister to Vintage Master ($2.1million) and a three-quarter sister to Great Vintage ($1.5million).
All told, his grandam (by Artsplace) is the producer of the winners of over $4.6million. Not surprisingly, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2015.
Again in the words of Noel Daley…
“He’s the most correct yearling I’ve ever bought. He’s not a big horse, 15.2’ but he’s just spot on as a type. A great looking horse.
“He was great gaited, didn’t wear a boot and just had a wicked turn of speed with several 25 and change quarters on his record
“We miss having him around, he was a real character with a great personality.”
Trained and driven by two of Australia’s greatest exports, Pebble Beach is sure to be one of the most eagerly awaited imports for the breeders of Australia and New Zealand.
“Pebble Beach was a super quick two year old, who returned the following season to be the best three-year-old of his crop. History tells us horses with that profile become successful stallions. We are really looking forward to standing him at stud,” Brett Coffey, Alabar Australia General Manager.
“We are excited to secure a young stallion who was a brilliant juvenile and an exceptional three-year-old. Given his extraordinary achievements on the track, together with a top-drawer pedigree through his sire and dam, he’s going to appeal to a wide range of breeders throughout Australasia,” Ged Mooar, Nevele R General Manager.
The service fee will be announced shortly.