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Breeders' Cup 2017

Aruna Mows Down Pebbles Rivals

Aruna ran her American record to 2-for-2 and earned her first stakes victory Monday afternoon at Belmont Park, rallying through the stretch en route to a three-length win over Bet On the Blue in the $100,000 Pebbles for 3-year-old fillies.

 

Racing ahead of just one filly as Ultimate Class led the field of eight through an opening half-mile in 47.07, the dark bay daughter of Mr. Greeley began moving up steadily on the turn after being guided to the outside by jockey Ramon Dominguez. Tipped four-wide at the head of the lane, she launched her bid down the middle of the course and took over in the final 200 yards, completing the mile in 1:35.03 over the firm turf course.

 

“I was concerned about the pace, but as it turned out, they were going fast enough for her to have a closing kick,” said Dominguez, the leading jockey on The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) circuit. “I had to make a pretty wide, sweeping move on the turn … but I was pretty pleased with the way she finished up.”

 

Bet On the Blue finished a length in front of Sea Road, who was followed under the wire by Ultimate Class, Musical Rain, Grecian Maiden, Profiteroles, and Ask Me Anything. House of Grace and Neon Light were scratched.

 

Aruna, who was 1-1-1 from five starts in France for trainer Jonathan Pease, won her stateside debut against older fillies and mares at Saratoga Race Course last month, coming four-wide through the stretch to win the one-mile allowance by a head.

 

“[At Saratoga] she had so much to do at the top of the stretch,” said H. Graham Motion, who trains Aruna for her owner and breeder, Flaxman Stable. “With how the turf had been playing, it had been so hard to make up ground. I though that race justified her being here today.”

 

The 6-5 favorite, Aruna returned $4.70 for a $2 win bet to her backers in the Columbus Day crowd of  4,226 and earned $60,000 to increase her bankroll to $139,232. Overall, her record is 3-1-1 from seven starts.

 

“Jonathan [Pease] really liked her, but she had a little problem with bleeding, so it was logical to send her over here where she could run on Lasix,” said Motion. “For Jonathan to be that impressed with her, I knew she had to be a very nice filly because Jonathan is very reserved. I think she really has a future.”

 

 

 

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Nice looking late running win by Aruna in the Pebbles. She is a future graded stakes winner.

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