10/07/2006 12:00AM

India takes Cotillion; Miraculous Miss fourth

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India was unable to beat Miraculous Miss twice in graded stakes run at sprint distances. Given more ground to cover and an extra turn to negotiate, the Todd Pletcher-trained India easily turned the tables in Saturday's $500,000 .

After dueling for the early lead with eventual third-place finisher Baby Bird, jockey Joe Bravo asked India ($7) to move to the lead with a half-mile remaining and she remained strong to the finish en route to a 1 1/4-length victory in the Grade 2 Cotillion.

Amandatude, runner-up in the Grade 2 Delaware Oaks in July, held off Baby Bird by a neck for second.

Miraculous Miss, the even-money favorite, never launched her typical late rally and finished fourth of five, beaten 5 3/4 lengths. It was only the second loss in eight lifetime starts for Miraculous Miss, a four-time graded stakes winner.

The winning time for 1 1/16 miles over a wet-fast track was 1:43.26.

India was making her second start around two turns, nearly a month after scoring a five-length romp in an overnight stakes at Monmouth Park. Owned by the Lyon Stables, she has now won 4 of 10.

* The versatile Diabolical ($5) overtook 2-5 favorite Fabulous Strike in the stretch and pulled away to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $97,000 Gallant Bob Handicap for 3-year-old sprinters.

Trained and partially owned by Steve Klesaris, Diabolical was cutting back from 1 1/8 miles on turf to a six-furlong dirt race. Ridden by Mario Pino, he ran the distance in 1:08.40 for his fifth win in nine starts this season. He has won on fast and wet dirt and on turf, and Diabolical had been racing at distances between a mile and 1 1/8 miles in his last six starts.

Fabulous Strike held second in a field reduced to four by three scratches, including probable favorite Songster, a Grade 2 winner.

* Raging Rapids ($4.80), claimed for $10,000 in April, moved to the lead after a half-mile and was ridden out to a 4 3/4-length victory in the $56,350 Pistol Packer Handicap for Pennsylvania-bred fillies and mares.

It was the fourth win for the 5-year-old Raging Rapids since being claimed by Victory Thoroughbreds and trainer Ramon Preciado. She covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.52.

Hailie's Girl, trained by Ramon's brother, Lupe, finished second, 3 1/2 lengths clear of 20-1 shot Love Is Kind.