Valley Victory changed the trotting breed forever. His limited number of offspring have dominated the racing world, ranking him 6th-leading moneywinning trotting sire.
As a two-year-old in 1988, Valley Victory's racing season was shortened due to intestinal problems. He won four of seven starts and earned $225,724. He set a world record on a mile track of 1:58.1 winning the Breeders Crown elimination and final, and was voted Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year.
At three, Valley Victory won all seven starts, earning $259,583. His victories included the Yonkers Trot elimination and final, and three legs and the final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. A virus kept him from entering the Hambletonian.
From less than 300 starters Valley Victory has produced 33 in 1:55, winners of over $35 million with 87 winners of $100,000. He is credited with four $1 million winners: Lookout Victory 7,1:54.3s ($1,921,611), Continentalvictory 3,1:52.1 ($1,611,170), Muscles Yankee 3,1:52.2 ($1,424,938) and Victory Dream 3,1:53.2 ($1,016,537). Valley Victory is the sire of three Hambletonian winners, Victory Dream, Continentalvictory and Muscles Yankee, and is the grandsire of 1999 Hambletonian winner Self Possessed 3,1:51.3 ($1,346,390).
Valley Victory was inducted into the Living Hall of Fame in 2002. He died on March 4, 2011 at the age of 25, and was buried at the Walnut Hall Horse Cemetery.
Revised from original version published on the Harness Racing Museum's Hall of Fame kiosk