07/28/2017 9:00PM

Meadowlands: Phaetosive, Manchego cruise in Jim Doherty Memorial eliminations

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Phaetosive routed her rivals in her Jim Doherty Memorial elimination

Phaetosive and Manchego both remained unblemished in their careers after authoritative victories in the pair of $20,000 Jim Doherty Memorial eliminations for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Friday night at the Meadowlands.

In the first elimination S M S Princess was a runaway on driver David Miller, setting wild fractions of 27 3/5, 54 4/5, and 1:24 3/5.  She had come back to the field at three-quarters, with Top Expectations (Marcus Miller) challenging first-over and Phaetosive (Trond Smedshammer) positioned in the second-over spot.

Smedshammer fired Phaetosive three-wide turning for home, and she would surge to the top before opening up to prevail by seven lengths in a career-best 1:53 1/5.  Dab Hanover (Jimmy Takter) finished in second, followed by Front Circle (Matt Kakaley), Top Expectations, and Bella Glos (Yannick Gingras). Even-money favorite Hey Livvy (Brian Sears) broke before the start and finished seventh.

Phaetosive, who trainer Smedshammer noted was his best horse all winter, is an Explosive Matter filly owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC.  She has won both of her starts, and she has now earned $25,000.  Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc., Phaetosive, a $65,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase, is the fifth foal out of the Angus Hall mare Phaeton, a half-sister to Neal (Credit Winner, $289,221).  She was the 3-2 second choice and paid $5.40 to win.

The other elimination saw Lily Stride (Tim Tetrick) on the point at the 28 second opening quarter, but Vivacious Allie (D. Miller) moved up to her outside past that point and took over the lead.  Vivacious Allie would click off the half in 57 3/5 and then hit the brakes in the third quarter, getting to three-quarters in just 1:28 1/5 with Supergirl Riley (Scott Zeron) positioned first-over and Manchego (Gingras) on Zeron's helmet.

As Phaetosive did in the first elimination, Manchego came three-deep as the field raced into the lane, and she would also go past the leaders into the lead.  Manchego also opened up late, reaching the finish line 2 1/4 lengths to the good in 1:55 2/5.  Lily Stride came back on to grab second, with Vivacious Allie third.  Supergirl Riley and Follow Streak (Andy Miller) also moved on to the final by finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

"This filly's really, really special," said victorious trainer Takter.  "Yannick said she didn't like when they went a 30 3/5 third quarter.  She wanted to go three-wide there, and she was full of trot coming home."

Manchego, a daughter of Muscle Hill, is owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman.  She is now four-for-four in her life to go with a bankroll of $52,768.  Purchased for $120,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Manchego was bred by Brittany Farms and is the third foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Secret Magic ($198,260).  This makes Manchego a half-sister to In Secret (Deweycheatumnhowe, $233,385), and the dam Secret Magic is a half-sister to the likes of millionaire Possess The Magic (Self Possessed).  Manchego was the 1-2 favorite and returned $3.00 to win.