Day At The Track

The $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial Final

06:19 AM 06 Aug 2017 NZST
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Manchego
Manchego remains undefeated in her fifth start
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ -August 5, 2017 - The 1-2 favorite Manchego added another win to her harness racing resume, winning by two and a quarter over a closing Phaetosive, to capture the 35th edition of the $330,800 Jim Doherty Memorial Final for two-year-old trotting fillies, the fifth race on Saturday at the Meadowlands.

It was trainer Jimmy Takter's third win on the day and Manchego, driven by Yannick Gingras, improved her lifetime record to five straight wins in as many starts.

It was Gingras' second straight win on the card and second Doherty win of his career, having won his first with Mission Brief in 2014.

Manchego, the daughter of Muscle Hill, took control just prior to the half-mile mark and came home with a lifetime-best time of 1:52.4. She paid $3.00, $2.10, and $2.10 to her backers.

Phaetosive, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, paid $2,60 and $2.20 for second.

Lily Stride with Tim Tetrick at the lines, was third by six and a half lengths, paying $3.00.

Vivacious Allie with David Miller driving finished fourth.

"She is a really special girl. We liked her from the get go and she keeps developing and certainly has a very effective way of going and has a tremendous inner-strength that few horses have," said Takter, who recorded his fifth win in the Doherty, formerly named the Merrie Annabelle.

Manchego

by Lou Monaco

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