Two World Champion trotters bred, raised and sold as yearlings by Brittany Farms finished 1-2 in the $350,000 TVG Open Trot Final at the Meadowlands last night, with Six Pack three-parts of a length ahead of Manchego in track record time of 1:50 flat. (Watch Race
And the year’s richest Standardbred, Brittany bred-raised-sold 3-year-old Bettor’s Wish, finished second to older rivals in the $350,000 TVG Open Pace Final.
In the Open Trot, it was a case of the sport’s fastest male trotter defeating the sport’s fastest female trotter. Six Pack 3,1:49.1 ($1,939,604), by Muscle Mass-Pleasing Lady, established multiple World Records last term and again this year. With the victory, he heads off to stud on a high note, as he will join another Brittany-bred, Breeders Crown Champion American History, as a new stallion at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey.
The multiple classics winner and last year’s Dan Patch Champion retires with career earnings of close to $2-million for his trainer Ake Svanstedt and ownership partners Little E LLC, Knutsson Trotting, Stall Kalmar and Lars Berg.
Black Horse Racing’s Manchego 4,1:49 ($2,123,730), trained by Nancy Johansson, won six straight races prior to this runner-up finish in the Open Trot. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic has to her credit wins in this year’s $325,000 Breeders Crown Filly & Mare Trot and Allerage at the Red Mile, where she became the fastest distaff trotter of al time with her 1:49 score.
Rather than facing female rivals in the TVG for fillies and mares, she stepped up here to take on the boys and almost pulled it off.
On the pacing side of the ledger, Bettor’s Wish p,3,1:47.4 ($1,915,801) wrapped up his magnificent season in the TVG Open Pace, where he too opted to skip age-specific stakes to take on his elders.
The 3-year-old by Bettor’s Delight-Lifetime Star, with 2019 earnings of $1,643,745 and career earnings of $1,915,801, won or placed in 13 stakes and classic races this year for trainer Chris Ryder and partners Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor’s Wish Partners.
After a winter break, he will return to action in 2020—to the delight of his many fans!