Antoinette Tops Loaded Field in Valley View

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AntoinetteSarah Andrew

Godolphin homebred Antoinette (Hard Spun) headlines a large and talented field in Friday's renewal of the GIII Pin Oak Valley View S. at Keeneland. Third in the GI CCA Oaks on the Saratoga main track, the Bill Mott pupil captured the Saratoga Oaks when getting back on grass next out Aug. 16. She led the way in the GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S. Sept. 19, but was run down late by Magic Attitude (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) and forced to settle for second.

The Chad Brown-trained Duopoly (Animal Kingdom) has not tested stakes waters before, but is proven at this distance. Earning her diploma by five lengths at Monmouth going 1 1/16 miles July 3, she wired an allowance going the same distance at Saratoga Aug. 21, earning an 86 Beyer Speed Figure.

Also making her black-type bow here is the undefeated Princess Grace (Karakontie {Jpn}). Romping in her Colonial Downs unveiling Aug. 2, the dark bay repeated in a one-mile test at Monmouth Park Sept. 5.

Several runners from the Sept. 4 GII Edgewood S.–won by GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf heroine Sharing (Speightstown)–return here, including fourth-place finisher In Good Spirits (Ghostzapper), who also finished third in the GIII Regret S. Other contenders exiting the Edgewood are third-place Lucky Betty (Munnings); fifth-place Pranked (Into Mischief); and sixth-place Walk in Marrakesh (Ire) (Siyouni {Fr}), who came up a nose short in the local July 11 GII Appalachian S.

Another contender worth a look here is the Ian Wilkes-trained Witez (More Than Ready), who rallied from well back to be a close third in the GIII Lake George S. Aug. 28. Prior to that, the bay captured an allowance at Saratoga July 26.

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