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Aruna Wins US Gr1 Spinster Stakes

Tuesday, 11th October 2011

In the US, former Victorian shuttler Mr Greeley (Gone West-Long Legend, by Reviewer) added a Gr1 triumph when 4YO mare Aruna (Mr Greeley-Surya, by Unbridled) scored a half-length victory in the US$500,000 Gr1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (9 furlongs on all-weather) for fillies & mares at Keeneland in Kentucky. Aruna (ridden by Ramon Dominguez for trainer Graham Motion) defeated 5YO mare Pachattack (Pulpit-El Laoob, by Red Ransom) & fellow 4YO mare La Gran Bailadora (Afleet Alex-Affirmed Dancer, by Affirmed). Aruna took her record to 6 wins (also including June’s Gr3 All Along Stakes over 9 furlongs at Colonial Downs, plus 2010’s Gr2 Mrs Revere Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Churchill Downs & Listed Pebbles Stakes over 8 furlongs at Belmont Park) & 4 placings (including July’s Gr1 Diana Handicap over 9 furlongs at Saratoga & May’s Gr2 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile over 8 furlongs at Churchill Downs) from 12 starts for US$759,424 earnings.

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