LEBANON, OH. - Despite the fact he was making his first money start in over four months, Southwind Pepino was impressive Friday night, fighting fierce wind gusts and six creditable rivals to capture the $9,000 Open Trot at Miami Valley Raceway.
A winner of eight races and $165,000 last year, the handsome six-year-old son ofhad just a mediocre qualifier under his belt before this initial triumph of 2014.
Content to drop in fourth from an assigned outside post position, driverJr. moved into the second-over position in the outer flow after seeing pedestrian initial panels of :29.4 and :59 posted by frontrunning Cashahallic ( ), who ultimately faded to fourth at the finish.
At the three-quarter mile marker reached in 1:28.3 Beatty flipped Southwind Pepino three-wide around Bookem () who was racing bravely first-up on the outside and finished third. The winner opened up a two-length margin in midstretch then held off runnerup Quick N Slick ( ) who was closing furiously after getting away at the back of the pack early.
Beatty owns Southwind Pepino in partnership with Robert Sharrits.
From Miami Valley Raceway Publicity Department