The 4-year-old Tapit colt was a $1.8 million purchase by Woodford Racing and Robert Lapenta during the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training. Campaigned by Woodford Racing, South Beach is trained by Steve Asmussen.
Off as the co-favorite at odds of 9-5 with Industrialist, a full brother to grade 1 winner Collected, South Beach was ridden by jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. from post 5.
Dry Levee popped out of the gate to take the lead, while South Beach rated from third, then fourth later on. Taking the field through speedy fractions of :21.96 and :45.46 for the first half-mile, Dry Levee held the lead rounding the turn for home as Industrialist made a move to his inside.
After running five furlongs in :58.24, however, Dry Levee and Industrialist were overtaken by Gettin Even. South Beach then accelerated down the middle of the track to draw away by three lengths in a final time of 1:10.86 over a fast track.
Bred by Sienna Farms in Florida, South Beach is out of the Giant's Causeway mare Bethan, who is a half sister to grade 1 winner Hard Spun . Hard Spun is currently the fourth-leading sire in North America.