Brittany-bred Manchego wins $330k Doherty Final

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Aug 7th, 17

ManchegoThe Muscle Hill-Secret Magic 2-year-old filly Manchego, bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany Farms, scored a decisive victory in the $330,800 final of the Jim Doherty Memorial on Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands. (Watch race)

Her 1:52.4 score not only kept her career record unblemished at 5 for 5, but also made her the fastest 2-year-old trotter in all of North America so far this year, regardless of sex.

Manchego started her career at the Meadowlands in baby races and NW1, then went on to notch Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows and Pocono, with her 1:54.4 win at Pocono a North American season’s record on a 5/8-mile track. She won her Doherty elim last week just as easily as the final, under wraps in 1:55.2 with a :26.4 pacing-like final quarter.

Manchego, named for Spain’s popular cheese, was purchased from the Brittany Farms consignment at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $120,000 by her trainer, Jimmy Takter, for the ownership group of Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman.

Brittany wishes them all the best on the road ahead, as great things appear to lie in store for this ultra-talented filly.

Although Secret Magic has no 2017 yearling, she has a filly by Trixton on the ground and is presently in foal to Muscle Hill, making that offspring a full brother or siter to Manchego. For a look at all of the Brittany yearlings for 2017—along with their TrackIT pedigrees—click here. For our complete inventory of broodmares with pedigrees, click here.