Carolina Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) made his debut in the Open Pace a winning one on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Melissa Beckwith trainee was lightly raced in his first couple of seasons but showed his propensity for winning last season when he prevailed in four of eight starts. After going two-for-four, including a career-best 1:53 win from post eight earlier in the month, Carolina Beach made his debut in the $12,000 local Open on Saturday night and was assigned the rail. Mark Beckwith got the four year old pacer a pocket trip behind longshot leader Some Attitude (Frank Coppola Jr) and Carolina Beach surged at the wire to record the victory by the slimmest of margins, stopping the timer in 1:53.1. Some Attitude, the 21-1 longest shot on the board, came up second best while In The Huddle (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot. Carolina Beach paid $10.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $113.50 and $686, respectively.
Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon with a matinee starting at 12:15pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino