09/29/2017 9:10PM

Red Mile: Manchego headlines Bluegrass victors for rookie trotting fillies

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Nigel Soult
Manchego has now won at five different tracks as part of her undefeated run

Manchego's 1:56 1/5 effort that pushed her record to nine wins from nine starts highlighted Bluegrass action for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Friday night at The Red Mile.  Each race carried a purse of $66,000.

Driver Yannick Gingras brought Manchego from third to first on the half to the 59 3/5 half, and after easing to the three-quarters in 1:29 2/5, Manchego sprinted home in 26 4/5 to defeat Ciao Dolce (Mark MacDonald) by seven lengths.  Southwind Angelica (Andrew McCarthy) grabbed third.

Manchego, a daughter of Muscle Hill, is owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding, and Herb Liverman, and she has now earned $534,948 to go with her perfect mark.  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, $329,385), 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 paid $2.10 to win.

Trainer Linda Toscano and owner Ken Jacobs would win the evening's first two splits with a pair of Chapter Seven fillies in Sevenbuyeleven (Corey Callahan) and Seven Karats (Scott Zeron).

Sevenbuyeleven took the lead from first-over in the stretch, and she would go on to defeat White Cheetah (MacDonald) by 2 1/2 lengths in a career-best 1:55 1/5 clocking.  Public choice Front Circle (Gingras), who had moved into the lead past the 58 second half-mile marker and held it until being passed by the eventual winner, wound up third.

Sevenbuyeleven has two wins from her seven trips behind the starting gate, and she now has a bankroll of $59,267.  A $50,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase, Sevenbuyeleven was bred by Millstream Inc. and is out of the Muscles Yankee mare Musclelini, a half-sister to the likes of Dreamaster (Victory Dream, $767,636).  Sevenbuyeleven was the 5-1 fourth choice and returned $12.80 to win.

Seven Karats was pocketed behind Nixie Volo (Callahan) through opening-half panels of 28 4/5 and 58 2/5, but when Nixie Volo broke stride, Seven Karats inherited the lead and went on to click off three-quarters in 1:28 4/5, with Sherrys Lady (Charlie Norris) challenging first-over.  Sherrys Lady got around Seven Karats in the lane, but Seven Karats battled back inside the final sixteenth on her way to winning by a neck in 1:56 3/5.  Mooshka Stride (Andy Miller) checked in third as the favorite.

This was Seven Karats's second victory in nine efforts, and she pushed her earnings to $59,905.  Seven Karats, who was bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC., was a $75,000 acquisition at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is the first foal out of the Deweycheatumnhowe mare Blue Diamonds.  Blue Diamonds's dam Constance Hall is a half-sister to Self Possessed (Victory Dream, $1,346,390).  Seven Karats was dispatched at 6-1 and paid $14.60 to win.

Top Expectations (Marcus Miller) backed up her victory in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship at The Red Mile last time out with a 1:56 1/5 scoreNigel SoultAll three of Top Expectations's wins have been in stakes at The Red Mile in her Bluegrass tilt tonight.  She led the way through the first quarter in 29 3/5 and the half in 59 3/5, but 4-5 favorite Lily Stride (Andy Miller) challenged her first-over on the final bend and poked a head in front at the 1:28 2/5 three-quarters.  Top Expectations was resolute in the stretch, though, regaining the front and defeating Lily Stride by a length and a quarter.  Asa Ready To Glide (MacDonald) took third.

Erv Miller trains the victorious Cantab Hall filly for owner Daniel Plouffe.  Bred by Dunroven Stud LLC. and purchased for $120,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Top Expectations picked up her third career triumph, and she has now banked $201,378.  She is out of the Kadabra mare Exceed Expectation, making her a full sister to My MVP ($879,804).  Sent off at 2-1, Top Expectations returned $6.80 to win.

Seviyorum (Andy Miller) was an impressive 1:56 2/5 winner in the fifth section.  She came first-over out of fourth past the 1:00 1/5 half, grabbed control away from Swing It Cathy (Gingras) past the 1:29 3/5 three-quarters, and thundered away to a 4 1/2 length decision.  Swing It Cathy finished second, and Sarabi As (McCarthy) was third.

A daughter of Donato Hanover, Seviyorum is trained by Julie Miller for owner/breeder Stroy Inc. and co-owner Andy Miller Stable.  Seviyorum, who is out of the Self Possessed mare Armbro Domino ($246,004), has a trio of wins from seven starts, and she has now put away $101,509.  She was the 3-5 favorite and paid $3.20 to win.