10/31/2011 2:58PM

Breeders' Cup: Shared Account again under the radar

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Barbara D. Livingston
Shared Account has raced only twice since winning the 2010 BC Fily and Mare Turf.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Uncle Mo and Goldikova have a chance to win a Breeders' Cup race for the second year in a row this weekend. Old news. Uncle Mo won the 2010 Juvenile like the second coming, and Goldikova has won the last three Miles. Less recognized this week are three other horses who can repeat in a BC race. They include Eldaafer, who is after his second Marathon, and Chamberlain Bridge, seeking back-to-back wins in the Turf Sprint, and Big Drama, going for a second straight Sprint.

Those races fall in the shadow of the weekend's main events, but the Filly and Mare Turf gets second billing only to the Ladies' Classic on Friday, and the 2010 Filly and Mare Turf winner, Shared Account, has been all but forgotten one year later.

The collective memory loss stems in part from the fact many racing fans knew little of Shared Account when she won the 2010 Filly and Mare Turf. At 46-1, she was the longest-priced winner in the race's history, and since the 2010 Breeders' Cup, Shared Account has raced only twice, finishing fourth in the Gallorette on May 21 and sixth Sept. 18 in the Canadian Handicap.

"Clearly, people are going to be skeptical about her running in the race again," said trainer Graham Motion. "I have no doubt she'll be a similar price to last year. She's just had a very mixed-up year."

Shared Account, a 5-year-old Pleasantly Perfect mare, worked a snappy five furlongs in 1:00.60 Sunday morning on the all-weather training track at Fair Hill, Md., Motion's home base, and was to ship to Churchill on Monday. Motion called the work "pretty routine for her," and feels Shared Account comes into the 2011 BC as well prepared as she was one year ago. Motion didn't intend for Shared Account to have such a lean season. He said that carrying a 125-pound impost while racing on a wet Pimlico course in the Gallorette "really jarred her up."

"It took until the middle of the summer to get her back to where she was doing well," he said.

Shared Account's recent sixth-place finish at Woodbine won't set handicappers atwitter, but she was beaten only 3 1/2 lengths in the Canadian, and Motion believes it was an ideal prep race.

"I would have loved to see her win it or hit the board, but in retrospect, she performed as well as could have been expected," said Motion. "What I needed was to get a race into her and come out of it well, and that's what she did."

Shared Account picked up an additional Filly and Mare Turf rival on Sunday, when the Motion-trained Aruna was removed from consideration for the Ladies' Classic in favor of Friday's grass race. Aruna hasn't raced beyond 1 1/8 miles in the U.S. phase of her career, and finished sixth in her lone overseas start at a longer distance. Whether Aruna can produce her best form at 11 furlongs on Friday is uncertain.

"I feel great about running both these fillies," Motion said. "I set out with both these fillies at the beginning of the year hoping this is where we'd end up."
 

Filly and Mare Turf, Post Time: 6:50 ET Friday

Purse: $2,000,000; 1 3/8 mile; gr. I

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Horse

Trainer

Jockey

ML Odds

1

Dubawi Heights

Simon Callaghan

Joel Rosario

8-1

1

Stacelita

Chad Brown

Ramon Dominguez

2-1

1

Harmonious

John Shirreffs

Martin Garcia

30-1

1

Cambina

Jeff Bonde

Garret Gomez

30-1

1

Nahrain

Roger Varian

Frankie Dettori

7-2

1

Announce

Andre Fabre

Maxime Guyon

9-2

1

Aruna

Graham Motion

Julien Leparoux

6-1

1

Perfect Shirl

Roger Attfield

John Velazquez

30-1

1

Shared Account

Graham Motion

Edgar Prado

30-1

1

Distorted Legacy

Angel Penna Jr.

Rajiv Maragh

30-1

1

Dynaslew

Seth Benzel

Corey Nakatani

30-1

1

Misty For Me

Aidan O'Brien

Ryan Moore

10-1