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Manchego to return to racetrack in 2021

January 08, 2021
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Trainer Nancy Takter has announced that the world champion trotter Manchego will return to the racetrack in 2021. In winner’s circle ceremonies on Nov. 21 at the Meadowlands following her victory in the TVG Open Trot, Manchego’s shoes were pulled to mark her retirement from racing to become a broodmare.
 
Now six, Manchego has 33 wins in 56 career starts with $2,723,181 in purse earnings for owner Barry Guariglia’s Black Horse Racing.
 
Manchego was undefeated in 12 starts as a 2 year old in 2017, becoming the first unbeaten freshman filly trotter to win a Dan Patch Award. As a 3 year old in 2018, Manchego’s victories included the Hambletonian Oaks. Her 1:49 victory in the 2019 Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile is the fastest mile ever by a female trotter, and she also became the fastest female trotter ever on a five-eighths mile track when she won the 2020 Spirit of Massachusetts at Plainridge Park in 1:49.3.
 
Manchego’s Breeders Crown win last October at Harrah’s Hoosier Park gave the daughter of Muscle Hill honors as one of three female trotters with at least three Crown trophies, joining Peace Corps and Grades Singing. With six wins in 13 starts and $599,451 in earnings in 2020, Manchego is considered a strong candidate to win Dan Patch Award Older Trotting Mare of the Year honors when announced later this month.
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