Thursday, May 24 2012
ARUNA STRETCHES OUT IN SHEEPSHEAD BAY
ELMONT, N.Y. – Aruna, a Grade 1 winner at 1 1/8 miles, has been entered in Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 Sheepshead Bay, with the 1 3/8-mile race on Belmont Park’s Widener turf course as an intended tryout for a campaign focusing on lengthy turf races.
In 2011, Aruna was second in the Grade 1 Diana on Turf at Saratoga Race Course before going on to take the Grade 1 Spinster on Keeneland’s Polytrack in October. Trying 1 3/8-miles in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs, she resisted restraint from jockey Julien Leparoux in the early stages of the race, came four wide into the stretch to offer her bid, and finished fifth, beaten one length by Perfect Shirl.
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