09/11/2017 11:00PM

Mohawk: Manchego, Phaetosive romp in Peaceful Way eliminations

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Manchego is still undefeated, but was less handy to drive than she had been in previous starts

Manchego and Phaetosive, who were first and second in the Jim Doherty Memorial on Hambletonian Day, look poised for another showdown after winning the two C$30,000 Peaceful Way Stakes eliminations for 2-year-old filly trotters on Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack.

In the first elimination Manchego (Yannick Gingras) moved up on the outside to grab the lead before the 57 2/5 half, then opened up an eight-length lead around the far turn and to the 1:25 3/5 three-quarters.  In the stretch she coasted home and hit the wire 5 1/2 lengths in front of runner-up Courtney Hanover (Rick Zeron) in a 1:54 1/5 mile.  Repentance (Tim Tetrick), Jordan Blue Chip (Paul MacDonell), and Illusioneesta (Chris Christoforou) also secured positions in the final.

"She's the same type as Ariana G.  She just loves to win," said winning trainer Jimmy Takter about Manchego, who is now undefeated in seven career starts.  "Yannick was complaining a little that she was slightly anxious tonight.  It's a fresh evening, and so I guess she didn't relax right, but she was perfect once she got to the lead.

"She's not a very big filly, but for her size she has an extremely effective gait.  She covers so much ground, and she seems like she doesn't get tired."

Manchego, a daughter of Muscle Hill, is owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman, and she now has a bankroll of C$390,898 to go with her unblemished record.  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 $300,000+ earner In Secret (Deweycheatumnhowe), and the dam Secret Magic is a half-sister to the likes of millionaire Possess The Magic (Self Possessed).  Manchego was the 1-9 favorite and returned $2.20 to win.

Phaetosive had not raced or qualified since the Doherty Memorial, but she rolled to a convincing 1:54 2/5 victory from the outside post nine in the other elimination.  Phaetosive parked to the 57 second half-mile marker to get the lead away from Bella Glos (Gingras), then trotted through three-quarters in 1:26 1/5, keeping a mild first-over try from Alloveragain (Randy Waples) at bay and getting some separation on Bella Glos. 

Phaetosive opened up on the front through the stretch, and she reached the finish line 3 3/4 lengths ahead of Tiffany's Flash (Tetrick), who rallied from fifth at three-quarters to secure second.  Blonde Magic (Sylvain Filion) crossed the wire third, but was placed fifth for a double-lapped on break at the wire, elevating Alloveragain to third and Bella Glos to fourth.

"She's been a lot of slow work," said Smedshammer, who also handles the training of Phaetosive.  "I was a little bit worried she was going to be short, but I feel a lot better now.  When you have the kind of horses with this talent as 2-year-olds, I don't want to race them more than I have to.  When I found out there was a 45-day rule I didn't plan on racing anywhere between (the Jim Doherty Memorial and tonight).

"She was very good.  She was strong through the whole stretch.  She's actually a better closer than she is on the lead, but I never even pulled her earplugs today.  She's got a lot of class."

Phaetosive is an Explosive Matter filly owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC.  She has won three of her four starts, and she has now earned C$118,565.  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, $289,737).  She was the 3-5 favorite and paid $3.50 to win.

"Obviously she's raced a lot more than us.  She's very quick-footed, so it's going to be a good race," added Smedshammer about the prospect of facing Manchego again in next Monday's final.

This is how the field will line up for next Monday night's $375,000 final:

1-Bella Glos
2-Blonde Magic
3-Phaetosive
4-Manchego
5-Jordan Blue Chip
6-All Over Again
7-Tiffany's Flash
8-Illusioneesta
9-Repentance
10-Courtney Hanover
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