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Dolce Zel Headlines Friday Feature At Keeneland | 2022 Valley View Stakes Preview & FREE Picks
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Dolce Zel Headlines Friday Feature At Keeneland | 2022 Valley View Stakes Preview & FREE Picks

Aaron previews the 2022 Valley View Stakes (G3) at Keeneland, then gives his top picks and longshots. The Chad Brown trainee Dolce Zel headlines the Friday feature as she seeks her third graded stakes title, but is an upset looming? Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The track press release:

Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables and Robert LaPenta’s two-time Grade 3 winner Dolce Zel (FR) heads a field of 12 3-year-old fillies and two also-eligibles entered Sunday for Friday’s 32nd running of the $300,000 Rubicon Valley View (G3).

The 1 1/16-mile grass test is scheduled as the eighth race on Friday’s 10-race program with a 4:44 p.m. ET post time. First post is 1 p.m.

Trained by Chad Brown, Dolce Zel won her U.S. debut this spring at Tampa Bay Downs in the Florida Oaks (G3) before running second here in the Appalachian (G2) Presented by Japan Racing Association. In her most recent start, Dolce Zel was third in the Lake Placid (G2) at Saratoga.

Irad Ortiz Jr. has the mount and will exit post position five.

The field for the Rubicon Valley View, with riders and weights from the rail out, is:

  1. California Angel (Rafael Bejarano, 118 pounds)
  2. Frippet (James Graham, 118)
  3. Oakhurst (Joe Talamo, 118)
  4. My Philly Twirl (Tyler Gaffalione, 118)
  5. Dolce Zel (FR) (Ortiz Jr., 118)
  6. Majestic Glory (GB) (Luis Saez, 118)
  7. Lady Puchi (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118)
  8. Bubble Rock (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118)
  9. Sparkle Blue (Joel Rosario, 118)
  10. Heavenly Hellos (Albin Jimenez, 118)
  11. Turnerloose (Florent Geroux, 118)
  12. Bicameral (Rey Gutierrez (118)
  13. Sunroof (Julien Leparoux, 118)
  14. Diamond Wow (Vincent Cheminaud, 118)