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Brittany-bred Manchego rated No. 1

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Apr 11th, 18

Manchego-Hoof Beats Cover

The 2017 Dan Patch award-winning “2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year” Manchego—bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany Farms—has been rated the sport's number one trotter in the 2018 Comprehensive Predictive Trotting Rankings compiled by the USTA’s Hoof Beats magazine.

Manchego 2,1:52.4 ($873,948) is a daughter of Muscle Hill from the stakes winning Cantab Hall mare Secret Magic. Her maternal family has tremendous depth and traces back to Allegro, who Brittany purchased from the late Bill Shehan when Brittany's then-fledgling farm was just taking shape.

Brittany sold Manchego as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale. She was purchased by her trainer Jimmy Takter and is owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. Yannick Gingras was in the bike in every one of her 12 two-year-old starts—all victories.

In fact, she won won every classic last year that was available to freshman filly trotters—the Breeders Crown (watch race), Peaceful Way, Jim Doherty Memorial, back-to-back Lexington stakes, and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, to boot.

Her exploits made her by far the richest 2-year-old trotter of 2017, colt or filly, with $873,948 in her bank account. Her race mark of 1:52.4 also made her the fastest freshman filly trotter last season, and co-fastest 2-year-old overall.

Takter says of his charge: “I think she has the best determination I ever saw in a young filly… she’s tough, she’s really tough. You’re coming up outside of her, she puts it in another gear. She has that in her.”

Takter says the filly has grown some, filled out, and matured, but still has that enormous, fluid stride. If all goes according to plan, she should have a great 2018 season, and perhaps, just perhaps, take on the best males in her division at some point in time.