Under a patient ride by Corey Nakatani, Manndar came flying once a hole opened in deep stretch to win the Manhattan (gr. I) at Belmont Park Saturday. Taken back to last through the early stages, Manndar slipped up the rail, but then had to wait for room. Once through on the outside, he beat Boatman, who was on the rail under Edgar Prado, by a length.
It was the second straight grade I win for Manndar, who shipped from California to Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day and won the Woodford Reserve. Manndar covered the 10 furlongs on turf in 1:59.69 and paid $8, $4.70, and $3.70. Boatman returned $11.60 and $6.80 and Spindrift who paid $4.90 to show.
There was a steward's inquiry and two foul claims in the race. As a result, 7-year-old Yagli was disqualified from fourth and placed sixth for alleged interference. Trainer Bill Mott said Yagli, who held a brief advantage in the stretch, should be retired. "He was up; he was willing," Mott said. "He just wasn't able to finish."
A 4-year-old colt by Doyoun, bred in Ireland by the Aga Khan, Manndar is owned by Columbine Stable, J. Merrick Jones and Tom Nichols and is trained by C. Beau Greely. The Manhattan was his fourth in 13 starts and put his earnings over $600,000. (Chart, Equibase