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Overflow Valley View Split into Two Divisions

An overflow group of 24 3-year-old fillies passed the entry box Tuesday morning, forcing Keeneland officials to split Friday’s 22nd running of the $125,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) into divisions for the second time in the race’s history.

The 1 1/16-mile grass test was split into two divisions in 2009.

The first division of the Pin Oak Valley View will go as the seventh race on Friday’s 10-race program with a  4:17 p.m. (ET) post time. The second division goes as the ninth race at 5:21 p.m. First post time Friday is 1:05 p.m.

Highlighting the first division are Grade 3 turf winners Volcat and Colonial Flag, along with Italian Group 1 winner Nayarra (IRE).

Landaluce Educe Stables’ Volcat, trained by Ken McPeek, won the Virginia Oaks (G3) in July at Colonial Downs and in her most recent start finished third, beaten a neck in the Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington Park on September 15. Robby Albarado, who was aboard for the victory at Colonial, has the mount Friday on Volcat who will break from post position two.

W.S. Farish, George Prussin and Skara Glen Stables’ Colonial Flag, trained by Michael Matz, won the Ontario Colleen (G3) at Woodbine in her most recent start on August 25. Joe Rocco Jr. has the mount Friday on Colonial Flag who will exit post position six.

A.A. Faisal’s Nayarra (IRE) won the Gran Criterium (G1) at Milan as a 2-year-old. Now trained by Graham Motion, Nayarra (IRE) finished seventh in the American Oaks (G1) at Hollywood Park in her U.S. debut in July and most recently was third in the Given Stakes at Belmont on September 20. Kent Desormeaux has the mount and will break from post position four.

Three Grade 3 turf winners top the second division: Leading Astray, More Than Love and Dancing Solo.

Team Block’s Leading Astray, a winner of five of six turf starts that includes a victory in the Pucker Up (G3) at Arlington in her most recent start, is trained by Chris Block. E.E. Perez, who has been aboard for all of the filly’s starts, has the call and will break from post position nine.

Newtown Anner Stud’s More Than Love, winner of the Miesque (G3) at Hollywood Park last fall, makes her first start since the Edgewood in May at Churchill Downs. Trained by John Terranova, More Than Love will be ridden by Miguel Mena and break from post position 10.

Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Dancing Solo, winner of the Boiling Springs (G3) at Monmouth in June, is trained by Todd Pletcher. Corey Lanerie has the mount on Dancing Solo who will break from post position 12.

The field for the first division of Pin Oak Valley View, from the inside out, is as follows: Closing Range (Jon Court, 118 pounds), Volcat (Robby Albarado, 122), Zapper Belle (Corey Lanerie, 118), Nayarra (IRE) (Kent Desormeaux, 118), Medolina (Rosie Napravnik, 118), Colonial Flag (Joe Rocco Jr., 122), Ann of the Dance (Jeffrey Sanchez, 118), Angel Terrace (James Graham, 118), Miss Cato (GB) (Gabriel Saez, 118), Cosmic Energy (Jesus Castanon, 120), Run a Risk (Paco Lopez, 118) and Alaura Michele (Eddie Castro, 118).

The field for the second division of the Pin Oak Valley View, from the inside out, is as follows: Miz Ida (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118 pounds), Daylight Ride (Rosie Napravnik, 118), Welcome Dance (Julien Leparoux, 118), Pianist (Javier Castellano, 120), Zucchini Flower (Joe Rocco Jr., 118), English Class (Elvis Trujillo, 118), Fine Silver (Paco Lopez, 118), Freedom Reigns (IRE) (James Graham, 118), Leading Astray (E.E. Perez, 122), More Than Love (Miguel Mena, 118), Temper  in Command (Jesus Castanon, 118) and Dancing Solo (Corey Lanerie, 122).

 

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