1 avk i Sverige, född
2018 (Lucky Flevo e Reday Cash)
f,2006 (Hon såldes på Lexington Mixed Sale 2018 för $25,000 till PER-OLOF PERSSON, Commack, NY, USA)
WORLD OF LINDY
This is her first foal. Såldes på LEX
2015, nr 531.
TRACE OF LINDY
Såldes på LEX 2017, nr 436.
LINDY FOR THE WIN
ROYALTY FOR LIFE
This is from Meadowlands Racetrack
black filly by Valley Victory - Intercontinental - Chiola Hanover
OWNER: Continentalvictory Stable [Deena
and Gene Frost, Harvey Gold, Hi-Stix Inc. [Ken Orr and David Hauck] and Allister
Stables Inc [David Offenberg]] BREEDER: Brittany Farms [George Segal],
Versailles, KY SALE: $100,000 -1994 Kentucky Standardbred
Sale Private Transfers March 31, 2023 & January 3, 2023 TRAINER: Ron Gurfein DRIVER: Mike Lachance
$334,500 Budweiser Beacon Course Final
$20,000 Budweiser Beacon Course Prep
$334,700 Yonkers Trot
$100,000 New Jersey Sire Stake
$311,300 Goldsmith Maid
$300,000 Cadillac Breeders Crown Final
$53,6000 International Stallion Stake [div]
$38,000 American-National [div]
$20,000 Hayes Memorial [1st heat]
$114,550 New Jersey Sires Stakes Final
Continentalvictory’s undefeated 1996 season ended in the July 27
Budweiser Beacon Course Final. "Mike (Lachance) said she weakened at the end
of the mile, but he used her hard so it doesn’t surprise me," said trainer
Ron Gurfein. "She trotted a world’s record, got used hard leaving and
couldn’t get out. The other filly (second-place finisher Act Of Grace) got a
jump on her. I always thought (Mr Vic) was better and now I’m not so sure,"
Gurfein said. "When Lachance picked the filly, he didn’t tell me why, but he
must think she’s the better horse." She sat a pocket trip but faded to a
third-place finish in deep stretch, three-quarters of a length behind winner
She defeated Lindy Lane in the Budweiser Beacon Course Prep on July 19,
wiring the field in 1:56.1. "If she didn't win with the 58.4 middle half,
I'd be very disappointed," said driver Mike Lachance after that performance.
"She is awesome; she’s as good as she can be. She likes the front, but she
can do anything you want with her. She's fine coming off the pace. This year
she’s much more relaxed, and she's happy. I'm just hoping she'll be happy
for the next couple of weeks."
Her record versus the boys in three starts is now two wins and one third
Continentalvictory opened her three-year-old campaign with a personal
best 1:54.2 score in a leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. She was the
wire-to-wire winner in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final on June 4,
at the Meadowlands, defeating Act Of Grace by a length and a quarter in
1:54.3. She also led every step of the mile in the Yonkers Trot, stopping
Kramer Boy by two lengths in of 1:56.2. Continentalvictory’s final time in
the Yonkers Trot was only two ticks off the stakes record, set last year by
the filly CR Kay Suzie.
Voted the Two-Year-Old Trotting Filly of 1995 by the USTA/USHWA,
Continentalvictory had posted a nine-race winning streak from mid-August
thru mid-November of 1995. She equaled the national season’s record of
1:55.3 in the Cadillac Breeders Crown Final.
"We’re a very compatible group of owners," says Deena Frost, of
Continentalvictory Stable. "It’s really worked out well for us."
Frost is a retired nurse and her husband Gene is a retired CEO of his
own contract packaging business. The Frosts, who retired to Highland Beach,
Florida, own more than a dozen horses. They bought their first horse in
1970, raced primarily in New England and have campaigned such good ones as
Love Not War and Bold Herbert.
"We saw her (Continentalvictory) prior to the sale in Kentucky with our
trainer (Ron Gurfein)," Frost said. "My husband and Ron were really the ones
that chose her. There was another filly that I was partial to, but my
husband really was partial to Continentalvictory. We bid on her and got her.
She’s our best right now, but we’ve also got Mr Vic. It’s difficult to say,
but right now she’s proven herself, and we’re hoping for better things to
come out of her. I have mixed emotions [about the Hambletonian]. I own both
of them - it’s difficult to say. I show partiality to her sometimes and
sometimes to Mr Vic. I hope she’ll come through for us. She has every other
time, and I hope she’ll come through for us again."
Harvey Gold owns Rainbows End Farm in Marlborough, Connecticut. Gold is
retired from the children’s clothing business. An avid sports fan, Gold used
to sponsor several boxers, but prefers raising and racing equine athletes.
He is also an amateur driver.
Hi-Stix is Ken Orr of Saddle River, New Jersey and David Hauck of
Conley, Georgia. Allister Stables is David Offenberg of Marlboro, New
Jersey, who owns Allister Business Systems. Offenberg is a co-owner of the
world’s fastest racing trotter, Beat The Wheel. "With two-year-old trotters
there is always nerves," Offenberg said of Continentalvictory last year.
"But she comes from the greatest trotting sire in the world and is from a
family of trotting champions. You expect her to be good."
Jerry Silva owns an institutional pharmacy business in Oceanside, New
York, and privately bought shares in Continentalvictory and Mr Vic last
August. Silva, who started in the harness racing business in 1963, had been
out of racing from 1976 through 1991.
"Four of us got together and bought Imperfection for $100,000 and he
went on to be one of the best," Silva said. "We got Beat The Wheel at the
end of her three-year old season for $90,000. We only go in for trotters,
because it’s Ron Gurfein, and it’s the most fun." Silva also has a Merrie
Annabelle hopeful in Vernon Blue Chip.
Trainer Ron Gurfein is the son of a diamond importer, who grew up around
horses and always felt they were his true calling, albeit a risky
proposition. In 1965, at age 25, he decided to take up training harness
horses, and in his words, "the business has been very good to us."
He became one of four trainers to win two Breeders Crown titles in a
single night when his trainees Imperfection and Baltic Striker took their
respective 1992 Crown trotting divisions. His greatest career achievement
came in 1994, when he made good on a bold prediction to win the Cadillac
Hambletonian that year. He made the prediction in 1993, when eventual Hambo
winner Victory Dream still was an unraced maiden. Gurfein also achieved fame
in 1994 with the four-year-old mare Beat The Wheel, who trounced defending
Trotter of the Year Pine Chip with a shocking 1:51.4 mile to become the
fastest trotting racehorse of all time.
Gurfein maintains a stable of 25 horses, all trotters -- no pacers. "I
think trotters are aesthetically more beautiful," Gurfein once said. "It’s a
far more level playing field, a lot more sophisticated, and there are no
Monday morning scientists."
He compared winning the $1.2 million Hambletonian to "getting a World
Series ring or winning the Stanley Cup. It’s the height of the sport," he
said. "And the money’s nice, too."
A graduate of Bronx Science High in New York, he dropped out of Emory
University and owned Paraphernalia clothing store franchises, before falling
in love with harness racing. He and his wife, Susan Marie are the parents of
two teenagers, Lauren Ashley and Blake Taylor.
Driver Mike Lachance, who was inducted into the Harness Hall of Fame
this year, was the regular pilot for three of the top Hambo contenders - the
filly, Mr Vic and Lindy Lane. Lachance said his association with Gurfein is
the main reason he passed up driving last year’s divisional champ [Lindy
Lane]. "Because of Gurfein, I picked her," he said. "He trains most of the
good two and three-year-old trotters I drive now. And, I already won a
Hambletonian for him."
Lachance said that while Continentalvictory often raced on the front
end, she could go either way. "I raced her a couple of times in the hole.
She sat in the two hold behind Act Of Grace in her first start this year,"
he said. "She is more comfortable close to the front, but I’m almost sure
she can be taken off the gate and still come back at the end." Lachance has
driven Continentalvictory in all 22 of her lifetime starts.
Ron Gurfein's Cadillac
Victory Dream provided Gurfein and Lachance their first Hambletonian win in
1991. Gurfein who will start Mr Vic as well as Continentalvictory is not the
first trainer to start a filly and a colt in the same Hambletonian. The Carl and
Rod Allen Stable did it last year with their entries CR Kay Suzie, CR Track
Master and Super Wally.