10/05/2011 2:05PM

Breeders' Cup: Shared Account training up to Filly and Mare Turf

Barbara D. Livingston
Shared Account is looking to win the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf for a second consecutive year.

Trainer Graham Motion is taking an unconventional approach to prepare defending champion Shared Account and the stakes-placed Aruna for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4.

While leading American contenders such as Stacelita and Dubawi Heights are set for the Filly and Mare Turf after major stakes wins last weekend, Shared Account will be trained up to the race. Earlier this year, she was fourth in the Gallorette Handicap at Pimlico in May and was sixth in the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine on Sept. 18.

“It’s been far from an ideal year for her,” Motion said. “It wasn’t by design that we only got two races. The average person will look at her form and see that she’s tailed off.

“The first race was a disaster and the second race was a race needed. I think I’ve got her where we need to be. I feel good about going on to the next one. My biggest goal was to get a race into her.”

Aruna was scratched from the Flower Bowl because of soft conditions and will start in Sunday’s Grade 1 Spinster Stakes on a synthetic track at Keeneland. Aruna was second in the Diana Stakes at Saratoga in July.

“I didn’t feel good about running her on the soft going,” Motion said. “She handles synthetic well in the morning. If she runs well, I’d love to run in the Breeders’ Cup. I think she’s that caliber.”