Victories by Manchego and Perfect Sting in last weekend’s Breeders Crowns at Hoosier Park raised the total of Brittany-bred winners to 27, tying the farm with Hanover as the all-time leading breeder of Breeders Crown Champions.
It was the third Breeders Crown championship for multiple World Champion Manchego 4,1:49 ($2,563,181), who also captured the sport’s year-end spectacular as both a 2-and 4-year-old.
The now 5-year-old mare was bred and raised by Brittany Farms and sold as a $120,000 yearling at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale. She has been owned throughout her career, in whole or in partnership, by Barry Guariglia’s Black Horse Racing.
Manchego is trained by Nancy Takter, who has most capably followed her Hall of Fame father Jimmy’s conditioning after his retirement at the conclusion of the 2018 racing season.
Manchego, a member of Brittany’s own “Hall of Fame” (see her page
), was undefeated as a 2-year-old and that year’s richest and fastest freshman trotter. She counts among her career victories—in addition to three Breeders Crowns—the Hambletonian Oaks, James Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way, Bluegrass, International Stallion Stakes, Allerage, Moni Maker, Dayton Trotting Derby and Steele Memorial, to mention but a few!
Perfect Sting p,2,1:49.2 ($534,300) capped off his unbeaten freshman season with a thrilling dead-heat win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown 2-Year-Old Colt Pace.
With 10 victories in 10 career starts, the son of the World Champion sire-dam mating Always B Miki-Shebestingin is the year’s richest 2-year-old pacer, with more than a half-million dollars in his account. In addition to his Breeders Crown elim and final, he also won the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes along with three legs and the $250,000 final of the Kentucky Sire Stakes.
Brittany Farms maintains ownership of the champion colt, who is trained by 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Joe Holloway.
Brittany Farms congratulates all involved and wishes nothing but the best in future racing endeavors!