2,1:52.4; 3,1:50; 4,1:49 Earnings: $2,123,730
M, 2015 By Muscle Hill-Secret Magic, by Cantab Hall
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: Racing
Fastest trotting filly or mare in history. 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.
$600,000 Breeders Crown (at 2), $325,000 Breeders Crown (at 4), $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks, $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial, $375,000 Peaceful Way, $172,000 Moni Maker, $136,000 Casual Breeze, $186,000 Steele 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!
She regained her unbeatable form as a 4-year-old. Now 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 that saw her become the fastest filly or mare trotter of all time on both 5/8-mile and mile tracks, as she won the Dayton Trotting Derby in 1:50.1f and the Allerage Farms Trot in 1:49.
After winning the Breeders Crown Open Mare Trot by six widening lengths, it was time once again to face the boys, this time in the $350,000 TVG Open Trot Final in late November at the Meadowlands. In that race, against the best older male trotters on the planet, she acquitted herself admirably, finishing second by less than a length to 3-time World Champion Six Pack… who you’ll also find here on the Brittany Farms “Hall of Fame!”