With $1,160,575 now on her card, Special Way 2,1:52; 3,1:51.2-’23 became the 46th million dollar-plus winner bred by Brittany Farms or Brittany Farms and Partners, thanks to her recent victory in the elim of the Breeders Crown 3-Year-Old Filly Trot at Hoosier Park.
Those 46 millionaires make Brittany Farms — by far — harness racing’s leading breeder in percentage of million dollar winners from foals bred. For a look at the complete roster of seven-figure earners, visit the Brittany Farms Millionaires Row
Special Way, by Walner-Special Hill, was retained by Brittany and partners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld to race and later join their roster of broodmares. She is trained by a man likely to be a future U.S. Hall of Famer, Ake Svanstedt.
Special Way has been nothing short of exceptional in her career. She became the fastest and richest 2-year-old filly trotter of the 2022 racing season (1:52, $697,475) while winning seven of nine starts including the elim and final of the Breeders Crown. She was voted Dan Patch Champion “2-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year.”
Earlier this year, she was the no. 1-ranked trotting filly or mare in the weekly Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. However, a mid-season illness would strike and leave her on the sidelines during most of the summer months.
Despite the setback, she nevertheless won five of eight starts and took two seconds. She won two legs and the $240,000 final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, a leg of the Kentucky Sire Stakes (second in the $400,000 final) and an elim of the Breeders Crown (a valiant second in the $600,000 final).
Plans at present call for the filly to continue her racing career, as today there are probably more stakes events for 4-year-old trotting mares than ever before. She could be targeted to such races as the Miss Versatility Series, New Jersey Maturity, Kentucky Sire Stakes, and other filly and mare open stakes and free-for-all classics.