|Breeder||Tall Oaks Farm|
|Trainer||W. Elliott Walden|
Triple Crown race wins
Belmont Stakes (1998)
|American Champion Older Male Horse (1999)|
|Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame (2010)|
|Last updated on May 22, 2010|
Victory Gallop (foaled May 30, 1995, in Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian-bred Thoroughbred racehorse. As a three-year-old, he won the Belmont Stakes, denying Real Quiet the Triple Crown. At four, he won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Older Male Horse.
Bred by Ivan Dalos' Tall Oaks Farm, Victory Gallop was foaled later in the year than is common for most Northern Hemisphere Thoroughbreds. Sired by 1987 Florida Derby winner Cryptoclearance, who won 12 of 44 starts and earned $3,376,327 lifetime, he was out of the mare Victorious Lil. He was purchased by Prestonwood Farm of Versailles, Kentucky, owned by Houston, Texas oilmen Jack, Art, and J. R. Preston, who also owned and raced two-time Breeders' Cup Mile winner Da Hoss.
Racing at age two, Victory Gallop won two ungraded stakes races and was second in the important Laurel Futurity. The following year, in the lead-up to the American Classic Races for three-year-olds, he won the Rebel Stakes, then beat Favorite Trick in the Arkansas Derby. In the Kentucky Derby, he was running dead last behind fourteen other horses at the half mile pole, then made a powerful drive near the end of the homestretch to pass betting favorite Indian Charlie but ran out of track and finished second to winner Real Quiet. In the Preakness Stakes, he finished second again to Real Quiet, then won the longer Belmont Stakes by a few inches. From there, Victory Gallop finished second behind Coronado's Quest in the Haskell Invitational Handicap and the Travers Stakes.
Racing in 1999 at age four, Victory Gallop recorded his best year. In the spring, he traveled to Nad Al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai, where he finished third to Shadwell Racing 's Almutawakel in the 1999 Dubai World Cup. Back in the United States, he won the Stephen Foster and Whitney Handicaps.
In 2008, Victory Gallop was sold to The Jockey Club of Turkey.
Honors and awards
Victory Gallop's performances won him the 1999 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Older Male Horse. In a poll published by the New York Times' About, Inc., he was the top vote getter for Most Impressive Performance of the Year for his win in the Stephen Foster Handicap.