Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:00

Sunshine Beach takes down the Captain

Written by Sugar Doyle with files from Standardbred Canada
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He's been doing it and doing it well all season long and this past Saturday Diane Bertrand's Sunshine Beach did something that not many have been able to do. He beat the best three-year-old pacer - in the world - Captaintreacherous in the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine at Pocono Downs, in Pennsylvania.

*Time of the mile was a world record-equaling mile of 1:47.4!

Sunshine Beach, with ace pilot Brian Sears, made the wining move from second, at the quarter in 25.3, to clear and then park out a first-up Captaintreacherous through remaining fractions of 53.3 and 1:20.3.  

"Coming into the race, Sunshine Beach has gone some good trips. He definitely has the ability," said Sears when asked about his chances of defeating Captaintreacherous. "He agreed with the track really well and I thought he was second-best at worst, and if we got our trip, maybe we could take a shot at him."

"I'm very excited," said trainer Mark Steacy. "To beat Captaintreacherous, he's probably one of the best ever, and when you beat someone like that you've got to be proud."

"I've always believed in this horse. I knew he had tons of talent. He's shown signs many time that he could go with that horse. I wasn't sure if he could beat him, but I felt pretty good when I saw him coming into the last turn and Brian hadn't popped the earplugs yet."

Steacy trains the Somebeachsomewhere colt for owners Diane Bertrand of Edmonton, Alta., Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of  Hudson, Que., and Conrad Leber of Montreal, Que.. Sunshine Beach has now won half of his 10 starts this year with his Brandywine earnings more than doubling his career bankroll, which now stands at $505,776.

"That was the most amazing race of my life," said Bertrand following the win. "Thanks so much for all the good wishes from my family and friends.  Thanks to all the Steacy staff for making dreams come true."  

The next assignment, for Sunshine Beach, is the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack, in three weeks, with the well-known Little Brown Jug potentially on the radar.

Congrats on the big win Diane!

*With files from Standardbred Canada

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