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Sycamore Racing's Nellie Cashman, who had to decline an invitation to last Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) because of a slight fever, headlines a field of 12 three-year-old fillies and two also-eligibles entered Tuesday for Friday's 23rd running of the $150,000 Pin Oak Valley View (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.
The Pin Oak Valley View will go as the ninth race on Friday's 10-race program with a 5:21 p.m. (ET) post time.
Trained by Francis Abbott III, Nellie Cashman won the Virginia Oaks (G3) at Colonial Downs in July, and in her most recent start was disqualified from a victory in the Woodford Reserve Lake Placid (G2) at Saratoga for drifting out in the stretch.
Forest Boyce, who has ridden Nellie Cashman in her past two races, has the call Friday and will break from post position one.
Chief among the opposition to Nellie Cashman are the 1-2 finishers from this spring's Appalachian (G3) here, Unbelievable Dream and Overheard.
Sure Thing Stables' Unbelievable Dream, trained by Barclay Tagg, comes into the Pin Oak Valley View off a third-place finish in the Riskaverse at Saratoga. Rosie Napravnik has the mount Friday and will break from post position 12.
No filly has swept the Appalachian and Pin Oak Valley View.
Pin Oak Stable's Overheard, trained by Malcolm Pierce, finished second in her past two races to Leigh Court, who set the pace in the QE II before finishing fourth. Eurico Da Silva, who has been aboard Overheard in her past four races, has the call Friday and will break from post position eight.
The field for the Pin Oak Valley View, from the rail out, is as follows: Nellie Cashman (Boyce, 122 pounds), She's Popular (Corey Lanerie, 118), Summer of Fun (Joe Rocco Jr., 118), Stormin Elle (E.T. Baird, 118), Yuzuru (Angel Serpa, 118), Frivolous (Jon Court, 118), Every Way (James Graham, 118), Overheard (Da Silva, 118), Miss Lamour (Eddie Castro, 118), Sustained (Junior Alvarado, 118), I O Ireland (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118) and Unbelievable Dream (Napravnik, 122). Also-eligibles: Hedonemewrongsong (Kent Desormeaux, 118) and Sense to Compete (Alan Garcia, 118).
AT AGE 9, RAHYSTRADA STILL GOING STRONG
When Scooter Hughes took over the training of Rahystrada in the middle of 2008, he had no idea that was the beginning of a longtime partnership.
"There is no way you could have forecast that," said Hughes, who will send Rahystrada to the post in Thursday's 19th running of the $100,000 Sycamore (G3) at 1½ miles on the grass. "He's pretty special and still performing at a high level."
Owned by Robert Courtney Jr., Rahystrada has compiled a record of 45-14-5-8 for earnings of $1,381,750. Eleven of those victories have come with Hughes, six of them in stakes of which five were Grade 3s.
"When he won the Arlington Handicap for the third time this summer as a 9-year-old, that was probably the biggest highlight," Hughes said.
Rahystrada has not raced since the Arlington Million (G1) on Aug. 17.
"We were going to run in the race at Kentucky Downs (the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Turf on Sept. 14), but he was having a skin problem," Hughes said. "He never got sick but was just not right, so we skipped the race. But he is doing well now and hopefully he will put on a show."
Leandro Goncalves has the riding assignment Thursday on Rahystrada, who finished fourth in last year's Sycamore.
The undefeated Pablo Del Monte, who cruised to a 7½-length victory in a Sunday allowance race here, is being pointed to the $1 million Delta Jackpot (G3) on Nov. 23 at Delta Downs, according to owner-trainer-breeder Wesley Ward. "This will give him some time," Ward said. ...
Ciao Bella Luna, winner of this spring's Beaumont (G2), worked a best of 16 five furlongs in :59.40 Monday morning in preparation for a Saturday start in the $250,000 Lexus Raven (G2) for 3-year-old fillies going seven furlongs on the main track. Ciao Bella Luna will attempt to join Gypsy Robin, who last year became the first filly to sweep the Beaumont and Lexus Raven Run. ...
Luis Jurado saddled his first Keeneland winner Sunday when he sent out Richard D. Maynard's homebred Bear On the Run to win the fourth race. Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., the 4-year-old Empire Maker filly won the six-furlong maiden race by a neck in 1:11.07.
FALL MEET SPECIAL EVENTS
Wednesday, Oct. 16
"WINS-day" Handicapping Contest presented by Daily Racing Form and Drake's. Register at Wagering Central. Entry fee is $10; 100% of fees are returned in prizes. Players place a mythical $2 win bet on Keeneland races 3 through 8 with a guaranteed $2,500 pool. First-, second- and third-place finishers also will receive gift cards from Drake's. The first 200 people who register will receive a Daily Racing Form and a free appetizer from Drake's.
American Heart Association Day. Keeneland teams with the American Heart Association for its Go Red for Women campaign. Fans are encouraged to wear red to raise awareness of the danger of heart disease in women. The first 3,000 fans receive a free red dress pin. Supporters of the American Heart Association can order a special Go Red at Keeneland package for $15, which includes a general admission ticket and a special Go Red for Women gift. A portion of the ticket price will be donated to the American Heart Association by Keeneland. The package can be ordered by calling (859) 977-4601.
Thursday, Oct. 17
Jockey Autograph Signing. Meet retired jockeys and current Keeneland riders from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. adjacent to the paddock. Jockeys will sign posters and commemorative autograph books sold for $5 to benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund.]
Friday, Oct. 18
College Scholarship Day. The popular event attracts thousands of students from colleges and universities in Kentucky and neighboring states. Admission is free for full-time students, who can register in the College Zone in the North Terrace to win a $1,000 scholarship awarded after each of the day's 10 races. The first 1,000 students to register for a scholarship receive a free Keeneland College Scholarship Day T-shirt courtesy of Kennedy's Wildcat Den and a hat from Vineyard Vines. In the College Zone, students can enjoy music; free snacks from Qdoba, Raising Cane's, Core Power and Drake's; photos by LexScene; and prize drawings after each race. Students also can register for the Drake's Handicapping Challenge; one student will win the opportunity to place a $500 bet on the feature race, the Pin Oak Valley View (G3).
The Keeneland Gift Shop will feature University of Kentucky merchandise from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The Keeneland Gift Shop will feature the Vineyard Vines collection from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.