Thursday, June 28 2012
ARUNA TO FACE EXPENSIVE EURO IMPORT BANIMPIRE IN NEW YORK STAKES
ELMONT, N.Y. – After winning one race in five starts in France, Aruna traveled across the Atlantic in 2010 and has since won four graded stakes, including the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay on May 26. In Saturday’s Grade 2, $200,000 New York for turf fillies and mares, Aruna will take on another European import, Banimpire, a five-time group stakes winner who will be making her first start since being purchased for approximately $3.1 million at auction in Ireland last October.
Acknowledging the fresh, stiff competition, Aruna’s trainer, H. Graham Motion, said his mare will have to retain her top form if she is going to sweep the Sheepshead Bay and the 1 ¼-mile New York, most recently accomplished by Mauralakana.
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