Two Superstars Make Glorious Exits

November 23, 2020

Manchego and Bettor’s Wish, both bred, raised and sold as yearlings by Brittany Farms, ended their racing careers in splendid fashion last Saturday, winning their respective TVG Finals at the Meadowlands in convincing fashion.
Manchego 4,1:49 ($2,723,181), the world’s fastest female trotter on both mile and 5/8-mile tracks, heads off to become a collector’s item of a broodmare after scoring in the $320,000 TVG Open Trot Final in 1:51.3 while defeating her archrival, former Horse of the Year Atlanta. (Watch race)
The daughter of Muscle Hill-Secret Magic has a long list of accolades that began with an undefeated 2-year-old season that culminated with the first of her three Breeders Crown trophies. Other resume callouts include victories in the Doherty Memorial, Peaceful Way, Hambletonian Oaks, Allerage, Steele Memorial, Spirit Of Massachusetts and Dayton Trotting Derby.
The Black Horse Racing-owned mare, trained by Nancy Takter, was the sport’s fastest trotter both this year and last.
On the pacing side, Bettor’s Wish p,4,1:47.3 ($2,601,233) took no hostages and let the FFA pacing ranks know who’s king after his easy-as-it-looked 1:48.1 score in the $340,000 TVG Open Pace Final. (Watch race)
Last year’s “3-Year-Old Male Pacer of the Year”—and a lock for divisional honors again this year—has now made more than $2.6-million for his ownership group of trainer Chris Ryder and partners Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Bettor’s Wish Partners.
The horse that captured elims or finals of every major 3-year-old stake last year, and the Sam McKee Memorial, Allerage, Dayton Pacing Derby and more this year, heads off to full time stud duty in 2021. He will stand at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania after servicing a select book of 58 mares while racing in 2020.
Brittany extends its best wishes to the connections of both. Manchego has already been enshrined in the Brittany Farms Hall Of Fame. Bettor’s Wish’s page is on its way!

Manchego winner's circle (Michael Lisa/Lisa Photo)

Bettor's Wish in victory (Michael Lisa/Lisa Photo)