(1993-2015, T, 3, 1:52.1M $1,611,170)
Winning the Hambletonian is the ultimate goal of all who traverse the sport of trotters. The first Saturday in August under the shadows of New York City, the best and brightest three year old trotters leave it all on the track in hopes of eternal glory. In 1996, it was a Valley Victory three year old who etched their name in history, but it wasn’t a colt. It was the Ron Gurfein trained and Mike Lachance guided Continentalvictory, who held off the game Lindy Lane in 1:52.1. It took another 22 years before another brilliant filly won the Hambo. The rare feat stamped her as a great one.
Continentalvictory didn't begin her life here at Diamond Creek, nor did she begin or end her race career under our banner, she didn’t even begin her broodmare career here. But when the opportunity arose to acquire the great mare, we jumped. While she only produced 4 foals for us, she immediately earned our love and respect. After delivering her last foal, a Credit Winner filly named Manifest Destiny, in 2014, she started to feel the effects of cancer and she was humanely sent to heaven in February 2015. It would have been nice for her to be alive to be part of passing the torch to Atlanta when she won the Hambletonian this year but some things aren’t meant to be.
However, in the end, Continentalvictory was right where she belonged. She continues to grace the grounds that raise the next champions. She put her mark on the sport throughout her race career and she continues to put her mark on the hearts of all who knew her, took care of her, and were with her until the end.
Rest in peace.
|Year Foaled||Name||Sire||Sex||Earnings||Record||Yearling Sale $|
|2014||Manifest Destiny||Credit Winner||Filly|
|2012||Little Round Top||Donato Hanover||Colt|
|2011||Continental Divide||Muscle Hill||Gelding||$5,862||1:59.0|
|2009||Universal Success||Andover Hall||Filly||$4,650||1:68.3|
|2000||Ball Field||Pine Chip||Gelding||$46,066||1:55.3|