10/19/2012 5:19PM

Keeneland: Valley View divisions provide surprises

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Angel Terrace (right), with James Graham aboard, is just ahead of Miss Cato at the finish of their division of the Valley View.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Upsets large and small were the rule Friday in hotly contested split divisions of the Grade 3 Pin Oak Valley View Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the Keeneland turf.

In the first division, Angel Terrace and Miss Cato rallied to engage each other in a fierce duel for the final sixteenth of a mile, with Angel Terrace, a 27-1 outsider, winning by maybe two or three inches. Jimmy Graham was aboard for the Augustin Stable ownership and Hall of Fame trainer Jonathan Sheppard. The winner returned $57.60 after finishing the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:44.77.

Angel Terrace, a Pennsylvania-bred by Ghostzapper, was winning for the first time on turf and in a stakes race.

"It looked like a pretty tough spot, but she is a nice filly," said Sheppard. "I thought she had a shot to get a piece of it. In fact, I wasn't really looking for the win. It was great."

Zapper Belle finished third, while Colonial Flag, the 5-2 favorite in a field of 12, had no mishap when fifth.

The second division did not provide such a big win mutuel, but it was a mild surprise nonetheless when Pianist, the 9-10 favorite, faded down the lane to finish fourth. The victory went to Miz Ida, who ran down 25-1 shot English Class in the final yards to prevail by a neck, with Leading Astray up late for third. The winner paid $11.40 as second choice after finishing in 1:44.25.

"I thought I had a phenomenal trip," said winning jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, in the midst of a terrific fall meet. "Her last couple of races she's learned how to relax early and kick in late."

Miz Ida, bred and owned by Bert, Elaine, and Richard Klein, now has won 5 of her last 6 starts, with the Valley View her first graded triumph. She defeated older mares in her prior start, the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf. A daughter of Proud Citizen is trained by Steve Margolis.

Each division was worth $125,000, with $75,000 going to the winners.

A huddled crowd of 16,574 turned out on a chilly, blustery afternoon.