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Aruna to Work Toward First Start on Dirt


Aruna (Ladies’ Classic, second prefernce Filly & Mare Turf), arrived at Churchill Downs from Keeneland Thursday night and went to the track shortly after 9:30 today with Heather Craig in the saddle and alongside trainer Graham Motion on a pony.

Winner of the Grade I Juddmonte Spinster, the first outing of her 12-race career not on turf, Aruna jogged around to the eighth pole alongside the pony and then galloped a little more than a mile and a half.

Motion initially had planned to bring Aruna to Churchill Downs on Wednesday and work today, but rain in the middle of the week altered his schedule.

“I wanted to give her a gallop day before a work day, and it looks like the track will be better tomorrow,” Motion said. “She will work after the break probably around 8:45 or 9.”

Before overseeing Aruna’s morning activity, Motion was at Keeneland where the remainder of his Kentucky string is stabled.

--Edited Churchill Downs release


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