Hall of Fame - MANCHEGO


2,1:52.4; 3,1:50; 4,1:49 Earnings: $3,144,777

M, 2015 By Muscle Hill-Secret Magic, by Cantab Hall


Background & Current Status:

Bred by: Brittany Farms

Sale history: 2016 Lex Selected Yearling ($120,000)

Owned by: Black Horse Racing

Trained by: Jimmy Takter/Nancy Takter

Current status: Retired (Broodmare)


Racing Credentials:

Fastest trotting filly or mare in history. Fastest trotter of both the 2019 (1:49) and 2020 (1:49.3f) racing seasons. At 2: Undefeated in 12 starts, Breeders Crown Champion, Dan Patch Champion; richest and co-fastest 2YO trotter regardless of gender. At 3: Winner $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks elim and final. At 4: World Champion on mile (1:49) and 5/8-mile (1:50.1f) tracks, Breeders Crown Champion. At 5: World Champion on 5/8-mile track (1:49.3), Breeders Crown Champion for the third time and Dan Patch Champion for the second time. At 6: First trotter in history to win with sub-1:50 miles in three different years and Dan Patch Champion for the third time.


Major Stakes Victories:

$600,000 Breeders Crown (at 2), $325,000 Breeders Crown (at 4), $300,000 Breeders Crown (at 5), $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, $320,000 TVG Open Trot, $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial, $375,000 Peaceful Way, $270,000 John Cashman Memorial (twice), $250,000 Spirit Of Massachusetts (twice), $172,000 Moni Maker, $141,000 Cutler Memorial, $136,000 Casual Breeze, $186,000 Steele Memorial, $100,000 Maxie Lee Memorial, $171,250 Dayton Trotting Derby, $252,000 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Championship, Allerage Farms, Bluegrass and International Stallion.

Manchego marched through her freshman campaign without a blemish on her record. She won all 12 of her starts—and every major stakes race offered to 2-year-old trotting fillies. She became the first undefeated 2-year-old filly to win the Breeders Crown, and ended the season as the sport’s richest and co-fastest freshman trotter of 2017.

That tour de force resulted in panelists at Hoof Beats Magazine voting her #1 in the pre-season rankings as she headed into her 3-year-old campaign. And although the “win-a-week” she experienced as a 2-year-old didn’t materialize at 3, she nonetheless finished first, second or third in 12 of 14 starts that year and took home her gender’s most coveted prize: the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks—in track and stakes record time of 1:50 flat!

Her Oaks victory made her the remarkable fifth Hambletonian Oaks winner that was bred by Brittany Farms.

She carried on her tremendous form as an older trotting mare. Under the care of Nancy Takter (the daughter of Manchego’s retired Hall of Fame trainer, Jimmy Takter), the brilliant mare went on a six race winning streak in 2019 that saw her become the fastest filly or mare trotter of all time on both 5/8-mile and mile tracks. As a 5-year-old in 2020 she set her third World Record; notched her third Breeders Crown Championship; won her second Dan Patch Award; and defeated male rivals in the TVG Open Trot at the Meadowlands.

In 2021, before her retirement in the fall, she increased her career earnings to $3,144,777, making her the fourth-richest trotting mare in history. She became the first trotter in history to win with sub-1:50 miles in three different years and took her second career victories in the John Cashman Memorial and Spirit Of Massachusetts Trot. She was voted the Dan Patch Award for the third time.