Mani Bhavan, a clear-cut winner of the Spinaway Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga last time out, cuts an imposing figure over a cast of six other 2-year-old fillies entered for the $500,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) Oct. 3 at Keeneland. The Alcibiades and the First Lady (gr. IT) kick off the track’s “Fallstars Allstars” weekend that includes five grade I events.
The Alcibiades offers a serious springboard to the Oct. 24 Bessemer Trust Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) at Santa Anita: a two-turn stakes over a synthetic surface. The Alcibiades is run over Polytrack three weeks before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships are to be run over Santa Anita’s new Pro-Ride layout. Both the Alcibiades and Juvenile Fillies are at 1 1/16 miles.
Mani Bhaven will be asked to carry her speed around two turns for the first time at Keeneland, and comes into the race off a pair of works over a synthetic surface at Fair Hill for trainer Steve Klesaris.
The daughter of Storm Boot, out of the Coronado’s Quest mare Rehear, broke her maiden at Delaware Park in July by 9 1/4 lengths and then won the 6 1/2-furlong Adirondack Stakes (gr. II) at the Spa, both coming in wire-to-wire fashion.
Mani Bhaven, named for a house (now a museum) once occupied by Mahatma Gandhi, is owned by Jeff Puglisi’s Puglisi Racing and Mike Ryan’s TYB Stable. She was bred in Kentucky by Hermitage Farm.
Bon Jovi Girl, winner of the Fairway Stakes at Delaware Park at the Alcibiades distance Sept. 6, is the only other stakes winner in the field. The daughter of Malibu Moon —Chipeta Springs, by Alydar, is trained by Tim Ritchey and owned by Ritchey and Blaze of Glory Stable. She ran second to Mani Bhaven in her debut July 12.
Trainer Tom Albertrani will take a run at the Alcibiades with Darley Stable’s Devotee. The homebred daughter of Elusive Quality , out of the Sunday Silence mare Danuta, broke her maiden at first asking Aug. 31 at Saratoga at 21-1. She has three five-furlong works at Belmont under her belt since then.
Another Saratoga maiden winner to surface at Keeneland is Be Smart, from the first crop of Smarty Jones . Another longshot, at 49-1, Be Smart won Aug. 28 at 5 ½ furlongs. Bred by Gulf Coast Farms, and out of the Unbridled mare Eishin Bridle, she races for Tom VanMeter II. She was a $325,000 Keeneland September sale graduate.
Steven Bell’s August Rush, trained by Wesley Ward, also won at Saratoga, winning on the turf by a neck July 28. In her second start she finished sixth, beaten 25 lengths, by Mani Bhaven in the Spinaway.
Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I), 2-year-old fillies, Friday, Oct. 3, $500,000, 1 1/6 miles, Polytrack, Keeneland, approximate post 5:10 p.m.
PP – Horse – Jockey – Trainer
1 – Be Smart – Garrett Gomez – D. Wayne Lukas
2 – Devotee – Eibar Coa – Tom Albertrani
3 – Bon Jovi Girl – J. Caraballo – Tim Ritchey
4 – August Rush – J. Garcia – Wesley Ward
5 – Mani Bhavan – Alan Garcia – Steve Klesaris
6 – Dream Empress – Robby Albarado – Ken McPeek
7 – Amanwella – Jeremy Rose – H. Graham Motion