Manchego made it four wins in five seasonal starts and equaled the track record for trotting mares when she won a leg of the Miss Versatility Series on Saturday night’s Meadowlands Pace undercard. (Watch race
The multiple World Champion mare, bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany Farms, marched to the front past the quarter pole and went on to win decisively, trotting in 1:49.4 over a rain-soaked track labeled “good.” It was the fourth sub-1:50 victory of her sterling career.
“She hasn’t been on the front in a while, but she had her ears perked up and got along good,” said her driver Dexter Dunn. “If someone was going to go past her, they’d have to be pretty good.
“She’s even better than she was last year. She’s just so happy right now. Her gait has always been great, but it’s even better.”
After winning this year’s Cutler Memorial, an earlier leg of the Miss Versatility, and the Maxie Lee Memorial, her only loss came when she finished third by just a neck in the Crawford Farms Trot to male trotters Forbidden Trade and Lindy The Great — both of whom she had beaten in the Maxie Lee.
Already enshrined in the Brittany Farms “Hall Of Fame
” here on the website, Manchego has now taken 37 career victories and sports a lifetime record of 1:49 and earnings of $2,891,152 for owner Barry Guariglia’s Black Horse Racing and trainer Nancy Takter.
Manchego is the fastest filly or mare trotter of all time (1:49), the holder of three World Records, and was twice voted the Dan Patch champion.
More great trotting yearlings — with a stroke of luck just like her! — are on their way in the Brittany Farms yearling consignment to this fall’s Lexington Selected Sale. Take a look at the roster and pedigrees
page... and find your future champion!