Pebble Beach, the 2022 Pepsi North America Cup winner, resurfaced from his defeat in the Adios with a decisive victory against his peers in an $80,000 opening-leg division of the Kentucky Championship Series at The Red Mile on Sunday (Aug. 7).
The Noel Daley-trained son of Downbytheseaside took over the lead after a :29.2 first quarter over a "fast" track and received only respect on the point. He raced unchallenged through a :58.2 half and to three-quarters in 1:26.4 to spring home a one-length winner over River Ness in 1:53.1. Caviart Camden finished third.
Todd McCarthy, fresh from his victory on his Hambletonian debut Saturday, steered Pebble Beach to his sixth win from eight starts this season and his 13th from 19 overall. He has banked $1,026,250 for owners Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, Country Club Acres Inc. and LAexpressFoderaDeovolente. He paid $2.16 to win.
Blue Lou took the other Kentucky Championship division from off the speed in 1:52 by a neck over Kopia Luwak. Andrew McCarthy steered the $3.42 winner for Nancy Takter, who trains the two-year-old Sweet Lou colt for owners Morrison Racing Stables, Marvin Katz and Brian Gordon.
The pacing freshmen sparred in two $30,000 Kentucky Commonwealth splits won by Confederate (1:51.2; $3.80) and Cant Stop Lou (1:53.1; $3.20). A lone $30,000 Commonwealth dash for pacing glamour boys went to Taurasi (1:49.3; $4.20) in front-stepping fashion.
A pair of $15,000 divisions for the Kentucky Golden Rod Series went for both pacing three-year-old colts and two-year-old colts. The two-year-old dashes were won by Captain Planet (1:54; $3.08) and Cannibal (1:53.2; $4.82) while the three-year-old splits went to Silverstone (1:51.1; $10.72) and Danger Zone (1:54; $6.74).