4th-OP, $75,000, Msw, 2-9, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:10.86, ft.
SOUTH BEACH (c, 4, Tapit–Bethan, by Giant’s Causeway), who topped the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale on a bid of $1.8 million, made the most of his belated racetrack debut with a handy and professional success Friday at Oaklawn. The 9-5 post-time favorite settled in midfield while a few paths off the inside rail and held his spot for the run around the turn. Fourth, but within striking distance, when heads were turned for home, South Beach swapped leads nicely at the three-sixteenths and rolled over the top of the pacesetters en route to a three-length victory. Produced by an unraced half-sister to GISW and top sire Hard Spun (Danzig), South Beach was audaciously bought back on a bid of $1.2 million at the 2015 Keeneland September sale, but rewarded his connections’ confidence after breezing an eighth of a mile in :10 1/5 a couple of days prior to the sale. The further female family includes champion and Classic winner Little Current. Bethan is the dam of a yearling colt by Flatter and was most recently bred to Tapit’s son Constitution. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $45,000. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.
O-Woodford Racing LLC; B-Sienna Farms LLC (FL); T-Steven M Asmussen.