Dolce Lili holds on to win South Beach at Gulfstream Park

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January 26, 2019 04:38pm
Don Alberto Stable’s Dolce Lili swept toward the leaders on the outside of the far turn, then held off the late-charging Conquest Hardcandy for a half-length victory in Saturday’s $125,000 South Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Hall of Fame jockey John 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. Dolce Lili covered 7 1/2 furlongs over yielding turf in 1:33.63 after closing into fractions of 24.34 seconds, 49.83 and 1:15. Dolce Lili paid $8.60 to win. 

“With all the rain, we were very lucky to have a horse that handles the soft going,” said trainer Bill Mott, another Hall of Famer. “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.”

Fire Key finished another half-length back in third, with Andina Del Sur a close fourth in the field of 13 fillies and mares.

Dolce Lili finished fourth in Aqueduct’s off-the-turf Forever Together Stakes on Nov. 23 in her last start, with the South Beach her first stakes victory. The daughter of the late Scat Daddy now is 4-3-4 in 12 starts.


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