08/12/2008 11:00PM

Mani Bhavan wires Adirondack


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Mani Bhavan transferred her brilliant speed from Delaware Park to Saratoga on Wednesday, leading virtually every step of the way to take the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack Stakes by seven lengths.

Breaking from the outside post in an eight-horse field under Alan Garcia, Mani Bhavan jumped out to a one-length lead by running a quarter-mile in 22.36 seconds, then kept on cruising through fractions of 46.10 seconds and 1:11.15 before covering the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.09. She returned $19.40

Doremifasollatido got up for second by a nose over Pretty Prolific. Bold Union, the even-money favorite, finished fourth, her first loss in three starts.

"She has amazing quickness," said trainer Steve Klesaris, who trains Mani Bhavan for Mike Ryan's TYB Stable. "My feeling was she would be in front. Being on the outside, [Garcia] had the ability to deploy any tactic he chose. I told him if she gets away from there quick just let her do it, if she's running easy."

Bold Union, who had won her first two starts by more than 20 lengths, raced in fourth along the rail down the backside under Stewart Elliott. Elliott got Bold Union off the rail at the quarter pole, but she offered no late punch in the stretch.

"I wanted to get out a little sooner than I did to chase her, but as it turned out it didn't matter the winner was just gone," Elliott said. I thought I would get a little bit better finish out of her, but it was her first time going this far too."