Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.’s Aruna came out of her victory in Sunday’s
Juddmonte Spinster (G1) “in great shape,” according to Dave Rock,
assistant to trainer Graham Motion.
The half-length victory over Pachattack was Aruna’s first win over
an all-weather surface and improved her record in North America to
7-5-2-0. The victory earned Aruna a berth in the $2 million Breeders’
Cup Ladies’ Classic (G1) that will be run on dirt at Churchill Downs on
“She is going to stay here for a while as they decide what to do,”
Rock said of Aruna’s Breeders’ Cup status that also includes an option
of the Emirates Airline Filly & Mare Turf (G1). “She may try dirt.
She has galloped on it, but never worked on it. She would probably go
over a week before the Breeders’ Cup and breeze on it. I don’t know why
she wouldn’t handle it, because she has handled everything else.”
Aruna is no stranger to Churchill Downs, having won the Mrs. Revere
(G2) to close her 2010 campaign last November and run second in her
2011 debut in May in the Distaff Turf Mile (G2).
“The (six-month) break was by design,” Rock said. “We did not want
to take her to Florida in the winter because she had been running all
year in Europe (before joining the barn).”
Also staying at Keeneland for the time being is Team Valor
International’s Lucky Chappy (IRE), who rallied from last to finish
third in the Bourbon (G3) in his United States debut.
“The (Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup) Juvenile Turf has been mentioned,” Rock said. “I was surprised to see him so far back yesterday because he had been up close in his races in Italy.”
Meanwhile, a decision regarding Pachattack will be made this week,
according to Andrew Morris, assistant to trainer Gerard Butler.
“Gerard went back to England, but no decision has been made (on the
Breeders’ Cup),” Morris said. “We thought she ran really well. I wish
she had been more inside than the 12 hole, but the jockey (Rajiv Maragh)
did a good job with her.”
Pachattack has run once on dirt in her 25-race career, that being a
runner-up effort in her previous start in the Personal Ensign (G1) at
Saratoga with Maragh up.