Don Alberto Stable's homebred Dolce Lili was the second choice at 3-1 in Saturday's $125,000 South Beach Stakes, and finished strong through the wire to earn her first stakes victory under jockey John Velazquez. The 5-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy gave trainer Bill Mott his second win on Gulfstream's Pegasus World Cup card, completing the 7 1/2-furlong course over yielding turf in 1:33.65.
“With all the rain, we were very lucky to have a horse that handles the soft going,” said Mott. “We didn't think it would hurt us going in. She's been doing well. We're really happy with her. She's progressed nicely and ran good today.”
Velazquez gave up ground but avoided traffic in a bulky field by keeping Dolce Lili in the clear on the outside. Conquest Hardcandy, with Tyler Gaffalione aboard, closed well in a pack of horses but couldn't catch the winner. Fire Key finished another half-length back in third, with Andina Del Sur a close fourth in the field of 13 fillies and mares.
Bred in Kentucky by her owner, Dolce Lili is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Dolce Lemone. The winning mare was purchased with Dolce Lili in utero at the 2013 Keeneland November sale, hammering for $190,000. Dolce Lili improved her overall record to 4-3-4 from 12 starts with earnings of over $250,000.
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