You’ve perhaps heard of social media “influencers” — those celebrities whose example you might follow to buy an iced mocha from Dunkin instead of Starbucks.
Brittany Farms is an influencer of a different variety. Brittany’s far-reaching influence is seen in the pedigrees of horses that win major stakes races around the globe; most recently the Elitlopp, contested at Solvalla Racecourse in Sweden last weekend.
The winner of the “Elite Race,” and the 3,000,000 SK ($360,000 U.S.) that goes with it, was Don Fanucci Zet, whose sire, Hard Livin, was bred by none other than Brittany Farms and sold as a yearling at the 2007 Lexington Selected Sale.
Hard Livin 3,1:55f, by SJ’s Caviar-Affinity, was a 2 and 3-year-old stakes winner in the U.S. and earned more than a half-million dollars for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Christina Takter, John Fielding and Falkbolagen AB. He was then sold to Bengt Agerup’s Brixton Medical AB and exported to Sweden, where he has become a highly successful sire.
Brixton and Don Fanucci Zet’s trainer Daniel Reden bred Hard Livin to — surprise! — the pacing mare Kissed By The West (by Western Terror) to produce their 2021 Elitlopp trotting champion.
All of which shows good things happen when a breeding starts with the foundation that Brittany can provide!
Manchego Marches On
Meanwhile, it’s still the Manchego show stateside. The sport’s #1 ranked racehorse, bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany, made it 2 for 2 this season with a commanding victory in the $100,000 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah’s Philadelphia. (Watch Race
Manchego 1:49, multiple World Champion and the fastest trotting filly or mare in history, is approaching $3-million in career earnings for her owner Black Horse Racing, trainer Nancy Takter and driver Dexter Dunn. Best of luck as the season continues!