Aruna takes Spinster in Polytrack debut

BY foxsports • October 9, 2011

Aruna posted a 1-1/2-length victory over Pachattack in the $500,000 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland on Sunday.

The 2-1 favorite made her debut on Polytrack a winning one for trainer Graham Motion, and earned an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic at Churchill Downs next month.

Ridden by Ramon Dominguez, Aruna ran 1-1/8 miles in 1 minute, 47.9 seconds and returned $6.80 for a win bet. La Gran Bailadora was third.

Motion said Aruna, who made her previous 11 starts on turf, could run in either the BC Ladies Classic or the BC Filly & Mare Turf.

He won the Filly & Mare last year with 46-1 long shot Shared Account.

"I think the dirt race is a wide-open race," Motion said. "Her mother won on the dirt at Saratoga, so it's got the wheels turning. I've got to think about it. I've had some luck running turf and synthetic horses at Churchill Downs."

That was a reference to Animal Kingdom, a horse Motion ran only on turf and synthetic surfaces before he won the Kentucky Derby on dirt in May.

The Ladies' Classic is 1-1/8 miles; the Filly & Mare Turf is 1-3/8.

"I love the mile-and-an-eighth for her," Motion said of Aruna. "I've got to take her over there and work her, then talk to the owner and decide."

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