The 25-year-old stallion by Baltic Speed--Valley Victoria
had been at the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee equine care facility
in Lexington for the past three days after showing signs of
distress. "He had showed a little improvement after the
first day there, but started going downhill quickly after
that, and the decision was made to euthanize him. You
certainly don't want to see any horse suffer unnecessarily,
and the time had come," Zubrod said.
Valley Victory had stood at Walnut Hall Ltd. in
Lexington since 2001 and was pensioned there in recent
years, following an illustrious career as a racehorse and
Bred by Bill Weaver's Valley High Stable, Valley Victory
was owned during his racing career by Arlene Traub and
trained by Steve Elliott. He won the Breeders Crown as a
two-year-old and the Yonkers Trot at three, and was
syndicated at the conclusion of his sophomore campaign by
George Segal and Tony Pedone and sent to stud duty at
Southwind Farms in Pennington, New Jersey in 1990.
He proved to be a great sire from the onset of his
career, as his first crop, which raced in 1993, made him
North America's leading sire of two-year-old trotters that
season, with nearly $1.7 million in earnings.
His first four crops would include three Hambletonian
winners -- Victory Dream, Continentalvictory and Muscles
Yankee -- but fertility issues diminished his foal
production early in his stud career, and even more so as
time progressed. By 2001, his crop size had dropped to only
Victory passed on terrific qualities to his youngsters,"
Zubrod said. "He produced horses that had a low head
carriage, with long, fluid gaits, and they possessed a
tremendous desire to race. They could overcome a lot in
terms of training. A trainer could make a mistake with a
Valley Victory colt and the colt would just seem to forget
it, and look the other way. Most all had a very calm
demeanor. Whatever you asked them to do, it didn't seem to
be a problem for them."
Perhaps even more than siring great racehorses, Valley
Victory will best be remembered as a sire who carried the
great Speedy Crown line into a whole new era of prominence
in furthering the trotting breed.
His progeny, with $35-million in total earnings, includes
the successful sires Muscles Yankee, Yankee Glide, Donerail
and Lindy Lane, while daughters of Valley Victory on their
own have produced six millionaires and the winners of over