Manchego retired from racing

October 08, 2021

The three time World Champion and $3-million winner Manchego, bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany Farms, has been retired from racing and will soon begin her new career as one of the sport’s most prominent broodmares.
Her owner Barry Guariglia of Black Horse Racing made the announcement yesterday, saying the great trotting mare will take up residence at Kentuckiana Farms in Georgetown, Ky. for the next phase of her career. A stallion selection is undecided at this time.
Brittany is proud of the long-term residual value of the horses it breeds and sells, and Manchego is a shining example of this. We wish her owner continued success as she hopefully produces the champions of the future.
Manchego, by Muscle Hill-Secret Magic (by Cantab Hall), was first trained by Hall Of Famer Jimmy Takter, and since 2019 by his daughter, Nancy.
She is the fastest trotting mare of all time by virtue of her 1:49 career mark. She is also the only trotting mare in history to record three sub-1:50 miles in three different years, which she accomplished in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
She retires with $3,144,777 in career earnings, the fourth-most ever for a trotting mare, trailing only Moni Maker, Peace Corps and Bee A Magician.
Her racing career makes her bound for eventual Hall Of Fame induction. In addition to the above achievements, she established three World Records, won three Breeders Crowns, and was twice voted divisional Dan Patch Champion.
After selling for $120,000 as hip no. 10 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, she went on during her freshman season in 2017 to go undefeated in 12 starts and take home honors in the Jim Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way and Breeders Crown 2YO Filly Trot en route to being voted “2-Year-Old Trotting Filly of the Year.”
Her litany of stakes and classics victories from her 3-year-old season onward include two more Breeders Crowns, the Hambletonian Oaks, TVG Open Trot, John Cashman Memorial, Arthur Cutler Memorial, Maxie Lee Memorial, Spirit Of Massachusetts, and many, many more.
To see more complete details about her incredible career, visit her page here on Brittany Farms’ own “Hall Of Fame.”

The great Manchego (Michael Lisa/Lisa Photo)

Watch Race – Manchego winning the 2020 TVG Final