1995 Cryptoclearance-Victorious Lil by Vice Regen
Standing at WinStar Farm
2005 Stud Fee: $30,000
Victory Gallop is best known for his nose victory in the
1998 Belmont Stakes, which denied Real Quiet the Triple
Crown. As a four year-old, Victory Gallop was named Eclipse
Championship Older/Handicap runner after scintillating wins
in the Stephen Foster (G2) and Whitney Handicaps (G1). As
a stallion, Victory Gallop has proven just as successful.
He is the leading second-crop sire in terms of progeny earnings.
Victory Gallop on the racetrack:
1999 Eclipse Champion Older/Handicap Male
Won Belmont G1
Won Whitney H G1
Won Stephen Foster H G2
Won Arkansas Derby G2
Won Rebel G3
Won New Kent
2nd Kentucky Derby G1
2nd Preakness G1
2nd Travers G1
2nd Haskell Invitational G1
2nd Laurel Futurity G3
3rd Dubai World Cup Gr.1
Victory Gallop at stud:
VICTORY U. S. A.
1st Stonerside Beaumont G2, 1st Moccasin S.
1st Edgewood S. 1st Jessamine County S.
1st Larry R Riviello President's Cup S.
1st Majestic Prince S.
1st Jack Hardy S.
1st Junior Champion S.
A Winner Never Quits...Read about Victory Gallop's
1998 Belmont Stakes win:
colt they called The Fish was headed for the Triple Crown
-- and then he got caught.
"The Fish was floundering at the end," said Bob
Baffert, trainer of The Fish, known to everyone else as
And as he floundered, Victory Gallop, runner-up to Real
Quiet in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, drove down the
stretch and nailed him in the final stride of the Belmont
Stakes on Saturday.
Real Quiet took the lead from Chilito three-eighths of
a mile from home, and the crowd of 80,162 -- the second-largest
in Belmont history -- roared its approval.
It appeared Real Quiet was about to become racing's 12th
Triple Crown winner and the first since Affirmed in 1978.
He also was on the verge of avenging his stablemate, Silver
Charm, who last year finished second in the Belmont.
Real Quiet (inside) lost to Victory Gallop and became the
14th Derby and Preakness winner to fall short in the Belmont
Gary Stevens, who rode Victory Gallop, knew exactly what
Desormeaux was going through. Stevens was on Silver Charm
Stevens also gave a nod to racing luck when he said, "With
any luck at all, we would have been winning the Triple Crown."
Victory Gallop, who had to race wide all the way in the
Derby, just missed catching Real Quiet by a half-length.
He was beaten by 2 1/4 lengths in the Preakness.
Victory Gallop earned $600,000 from a $1 million purse.
Down the stretch came Real Quiet, and the crowd noise reached
a crescendo. But there were gasps as the leader became rubber-legged
and Victory Gallop came on and on -- and won.
"I knew I had a lot of horse throughout the race,"
Stevens said, although for much of the running he might
have been the only one who realized that.
"But I didn't know I had it until we hit the finish
line," he added.
"Right after the Derby, we felt the race we had the
best chance in was the Belmont," said the 35-year-old
Walden, who wore crutches to the biggest victory of his
and his colt's career. The 6-foot-4 trainer broke his right
ankle in a 3-on-3 basketball game about 10 days ago.
"This horse is suited to 1 1/2 miles," said Walden,
who trains Victory Gallop for brothers Art, Jack and J.R.
Preston of Houston. "He's very tenacious, As Gary says,
he finds room. He's really blossomed the last week. As the
week went on, I got more confident."